EMR; Now or never?

by Dr Jason Tee

Have you ever wondered why healthcare takes a longer time and seems to be stuck for decades behind other industries when it comes to adopting new technologies? In Malaysia, only a small percentage of hospitals are equipped with an EMR (Electronic Medical Record). Also, clinicians are not embracing the technology as they find it overwhelming or troublesome to use it.

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More hospitals for housemen training

Many decisions are knee-jerk reactions towards a particular problem. The reporter also had problems discerning between training housemen and medical students, often using these terms interchangeably. Training of medical students and housemen is different.

Training housemen in district hospitals is certainly not the ideal situation. Many of the medical officers at these hospitals are themselves junior and inexperienced. Supervision at these hospital will be at the bare minimum. Senior officers will undoubtedly be burdened having now to train junior medical officers and housemen alike.

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