Sunway Medical Centre invests RM12 million in next-gen IT System

Sunway Medical Centre (SunMed) has selected Hitachi Sunway Information Systems Sdn Bhd to implement a next generation Hospital Information System (C-HIS) by Telstra Health effectively kick-starting the hospital’s 5-year digital transformation programme. The investment is worth RM12 million.

L-R: Lau Beng Long, Sunway Group Healthcare Services Managing Director & Cheah Kok Hoong, Hitachi Sunway Group CEO & Director

The new robust HIS system will enable SunMed to replace the traditional paper-based approach of physical medical records handling with Electronic Medical Records (EMR) for seamless record transfer to-and-from the point-of-care.

“With C-HIS, we will be the first to introduce the use of tablet PCs to doctors, pharmacists and nurses to enable optimal mobility and flexibility when treating patients in both inpatient and outpatient environments. It will also be an integral tool for the consolidation of medical consultation notes and prescriptions at the end of a patient’s visit,” said Sunway Group Healthcare Services Managing Director Lau Beng Long.

C-HIS is one of several cloud enabled, next generation healthcare solutions offered by CloudMED, recently acquired by Telstra Health. It provides an end-to-end hospital information management system that includes a comprehensive range of clinical, administrative and diagnostic capabilities, allowing hospitals to bridge physical distances; and to support greater collaborative use of data among doctors, hospitals, hospital services and patients. Today, it is currently installed in more than 250 health facilities across countries, including Thailand, India, Malaysia, UAE and Panama.

“C-HIS will facilitate updates to the hospital’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system to incorporate goods and services tax (GST), integration of picture archiving and communication system (PACS) for economical radiological films’ management, as well as consolidation of information across multiple systems used by various hospital departments.

“Most importantly, SunMed is embarking on this digital transformation programme in order to support our expansion strategy. The new C-HIS will be central to support the current and future operations of SunMed with the building of an additional hospital block that will bring the total number of beds to 600, which is expected to be completed by 2017,” he said

Valued at RM12 million, the SunMed HIS project is expected to be commissioned by Hitachi Sunway within 18 months and will be implemented over two (2) phases. The project is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2016.

Since its inception in 1999, SunMed is a private medical care institutions in Malaysia with a total of 359 beds, 119 consultation suites and 12 operation theatres. It offers a comprehensive range of medical services, which includes facilities and medical technologies for outpatient and in-patient specialty care, health and wellness programmes, and 24-hour emergency services.

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