Economy • 03 April, 2018

Every quarter 4 regions to switch to paperless maintenance of primary medical records — Y. Birtanov

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Minister of Healthcare, Yelzhan Birtanov reported on the progress of digitalization of the healthcare system today at a meeting of the Government, reports

The Head of State in the Address "New Opportunities Under the Fourth Industrial Revolution" set the task to increase the availability and effectiveness of medical assistance through the integration of information systems, the use of mobile digital applications, the introduction of electronic health passports and the transition to "paperless" hospitals.

It includes the introduction of optimized medical services, taking into account digitalization; keeping medical records in digital format; the launch of an electronic health passport; approval of minimum requirements for medical information systems (MIS), including the minimum functionality of mobile applications; voice data input to the MIS.

"For the full implementation of all the planned projects in the digitalization of the health care system, it is necessary to provide them primarily with the IT infrastructure. To date, 3 050 or 51% of 6 283 health facilities have been connected to the Internet. Of the 97 784 workplaces of doctors and paramedical personnel (taking shifts into account) 82 149 or 84.9% are provided with computer equipment," said Yelzhan Birtanov.

Of the 757 health organizations, medical information systems cover 619 or 85.4%.

Currently, 100% of healthcare organizations have access to the Internet to the level of a district center, this number of organizations covers medical care for 85% of the country's population.

At the same time, the akimats of the regions and the city of Astana are planning to provide with computer equipment 100% of the workplaces for doctors and nurses to the level of cities and regional centers and, until 2021, gradually cover all the need for computer equipment for medical and obstetrics posts and medical dispensaries.

Y. Birtanov noted that since January 2018, a phased introduction of paperless management of medical records has been started. 4 regions will gradually switch to paperless maintenance of primary medical documentation every quarter:

  • from January 2018, Akmola, Karaganda, Kostanay, Western Kazakhstan regions;
  • from April 2018 Almaty, Mangystau, Pavlodar, South-Kazakhstan regions;
  • from June 2018 Atyrau, Zhambyl, Kyzylorda, North Kazakhstan regions;
  • from October 2018, Aktobe, East Kazakhstan regions and the cities of Astana and Almaty.

Reports on the progress of implementation of pilot projects for paperless management of medical documentation were also heard by the akims of the Karaganda region, Y. Koshanov, Akmola region, M. Murzalin.

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