Every resident of Ho Chi Minh City will have an electronic health book

Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health accelerates the creation of electronic health records for people after a 6-month hiatus due to Covid, with the goal of completing by 2025.

Electronic health records are intended to create a connection between health status data and medical examination and treatment data between medical facilities. The book also helps ensure continuity in people’s health care, especially the management of non-communicable diseases.

In the report on the implementation of electronic health records for the period 2017-2021, sent to the Ministry of Health, the Department of Health of Ho Chi Minh City said that at the end of April, it coordinated with the People’s Committee of Binh Thanh District to launch the roadmap for making health records. electronic in ward 27, with more than 5,400 records. The way people participate in making a book is to scan the QR code according to the instructions, enter the mobile phone number to receive the OTP code and self-declare the health data.

At that time, the health sector expected that after gathering experience and completing the software, this model would be replicated and deployed at the same time in 23 other wards and communes this year. However, due to the complicated development of the Covid-19 epidemic, this plan was interrupted from June.

Residents of Ward 27, Binh Thanh District, declare electronic health records by scanning QR codes on their phones, April 28. Photo: Le Phuong

According to the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health, the city is at the step of creating a tool for people to provide their own health information, to transfer all data to an electronic record, to create an initial electronic health record. head for each individual. The Department will also build a data communication tool between the Department and medical examination and treatment facilities, so that each person who comes to the clinic has the most complete information available (treatment, testing, imaging. ..) about health status. This contributes to improving treatment efficiency and reducing medical costs by not having to repeat laboratory tests and imaging tests.

The Department of Health proposes to the Ministry of Health to allow the connection, integration, and transfer of data from existing health management software in order to take advantage of available information without re-collecting; Agree on the method of recording the contents of specialized examination to facilitate the transfer of paper records to software. In addition, the Ministry must have regulations on the management, information security and updating of people’s personal health data.

Electronic health records reduce paper administrative procedures, avoid waste, and facilitate archiving and retrieval. The health sector has also built up big data on people’s health, according to the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health. From there, by analyzing and synthesizing algorithms, the health sector evaluates disease patterns, predicts trends, and proposes appropriate intervention strategies.

Since July 2019, the Ministry of Health has implemented electronic health records to help people know and easily manage continuous and lifelong health information, thereby proactively preventing diseases and taking care of their health. me. The health sector strives by 2025, over 90% of the population to have health management.

A person’s electronic health record provides physicians with complete information about health status, medical history, risk factors. From there, the doctor combines with the current examination to have a more comprehensive assessment of the patient’s health, diagnose the disease more timely and accurately, and detect the disease earlier.

Ho Chi Minh City is the first locality to deploy QR codes for people to self-declare electronic health records. Up to now, the Ministry of Health has deployed health record software in a number of provinces such as Ba Ria – Vung Tau, Nghe An, Phu Yen, Binh Duong, Nam Dinh, Thai Binh, Lam Dong, Phu Tho…

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