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Vietnam will step by step move towards a smart health care system


Many hospitals in Vietnam are starting to apply technology for digital transformation. This is a way to help fundamentally change the health sector today.

Digital transformation will change the face of the Vietnamese health sector

On June 3, the Prime Minister approved the National Digital Transformation Program to 2025, with a vision to 2030. The program clearly stated eight priority areas, of which health is the first. first when talking about digital transitions. This shows that the Government has paid special attention to the transformation of the health sector.

Based on the National Digital Transformation Program, the health sector has set its immediate goal that by 2025, 100% of the industry’s online public services will reach level 4, be integrated into national gateways and have usable by mobile device.

The health sector also strives for 90% of people and 100% of health workers to be identified, 60% of medical services will be paid electronically, 20% of medical examination and treatment is done remotely, 50% of visits. The cure is registered online, …

The digital transformation goals of the Ministry of Health up to 2025. Photo: Trong Dat

According to Nguyen Truong Nam, Deputy Director of the Department of Information Technology (Ministry of Health), medical number transformation is a process of gradually integrating and applying digital technologies such as big data, cloud computing, and everything. connecting, artificial intelligence .. into the fields of medicine.

The purpose of this is to take advantage of digital technologies to positively change the way of management and work of individuals and units in the medical industry and provide convenient, fast and effective medical services for people on digital background.

Vietnam will step by step move towards a smart health care system
Mr. Nguyen Truong Nam, Deputy Director of IT Department. Photo: Trong Dat

The vision of the health sector is that by 2030, the application of digital technology will take place in almost all activities and services, forming a smart health care system, using electronic medical records instead of paper ones.

Through these jobs, the health sector wishes to build a modern, quality, equitable, efficient and internationally integrated Vietnamese health system. There, people can easily access information to use health services, at the same time be protected, cared for, and improve their health continuously, for a lifetime.

The health industry and challenges to digital transformation

Children’s Hospital 1 (Ho Chi Minh City) is one of the most active units involved in digital transformation of the health sector. This is a grade 1 pediatric hospital, in charge of 13 provinces and cities in the Mekong Delta region.

According to Mr. Dang Thanh Hung – Head of IT Department (Children’s Hospital 1), this unit has started the process of applying IT, digitizing activities relatively early.

Vietnam will step by step move towards a smart health care system
Mr. Dang Thanh Hung – Head of IT Department (Children’s Hospital 1). Photo: Trong Dat

In the period 1994 – 2003, Children’s Hospital 1 digitized patient information and treasures. In 2004, the hospital began to digitize the cost of inpatient care. Hospitals digitized the billing from 2006 and by 2014 a number of chronic and professional medical records.

Some typical products in the digital transformation process at Children’s Hospital 1 can be mentioned such as the warning data warehouse and the application of machine learning principles in the safe prescription reminder system, the bidding software for traditional medicines. or the application of IoT technology and equipment in drug warehouse management.

Vietnam will step by step move towards a smart health care system
Data warehouse warning drug prescribing. This is a highly regarded digital transformation solution of the medical industry.

As a person with many years of experience in digitizing the health sector, Mr. Hung said that the biggest challenge in transforming the medical profession is the shortage of IT human resources. Meanwhile, the investment source for IT in hospitals is currently very limited.

According to this expert, to be able to transform the number of health care sectors successfully, it is necessary to change the current processes and regulations in medical IT investment, and support new technology for hospitals. In addition, it is necessary to change the working style of health workers, creating new working habits on a digital platform.

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