TURKESTAN. KAZINFORM – As part of the 35th anniversary meeting of the Council for Cooperation in Healthcare of the Commonwealth of Independent States in Turkestan, a round table meeting “Development of digital health care and telemedicine” was held under the chairmanship of the Minister of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan Azhar Giniyat. This was reported by MIA “Kazinform” with reference to the press service of the Ministry of Health.
The meeting was attended by members of the CIS Health Cooperation Council, the working group on the integration of national e-health systems of the CIS and plenipotentiaries from Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, representatives of the European Regional Office of the World Health Organization , Directorate of Digital Initiatives of the Eurasian Development Bank, as well as representatives of the CIS Executive Committee.
During the meeting, the Head of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan noted that modern Kazakhstan does not stand aside from global trends, and the medical field is also actively using digital tools to generate new knowledge and develop practical measures in the field of detection, prevention, response and control of diseases.
“The pandemic served as an incentive for Kazakhstan to pay more attention to the digitalization of processes and data in the field of preparedness and combating emergencies related to public health,” A. Giniyat emphasized.
Farhad Bekbulatov, Director of the e-Health Development Department of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan, informed the round table participants about several digital projects implemented in Kazakhstan, which were actively used to combat the pandemic at all levels of the healthcare system.
Thus, in more than 5.8 thousand state healthcare facilities, the IT infrastructure of medical organizations (98%) has been developed, medical information systems (98.2%), mobile and web applications (more than 20) have been introduced, and their integration has been carried out.
A number of digital services have been implemented for the population in the patient’s personal account on the eGov e-government portal and in the eGov mobile application: Vaccination passport; “Vaccination”, “Register for vaccination”; directions and results of the provision of clinical services; electronic prescriptions; referrals for hospitalization and discharge.
As part of the digital transformation, work has begun on the transition to a new digital architecture of eHealth eHealth.
“The main task of transforming the sphere of digitalization of healthcare is to unite the information systems of the ministry, its subordinate organizations, and medical organizations. This is necessary to build a targeted digital health architecture, eliminate the risk of unauthorized disclosure and dissemination of personal medical data and the exchange of clinical data between medical organizations,” added the head of the department.
At the same time, the eHealth eHealth architecture will contribute to the full and comprehensive formation of a national electronic health passport of citizens, which will improve the quality and accessibility of medical care focused on the needs of citizens, as well as the transition to the implementation of continuous monitoring of patients’ health and the provision of medical services.
Taking into account the need to organize feedback from patients in order to assess the quality of medical care, various systems for tracking patient satisfaction in medical organizations based on digital technologies for collecting, storing and providing statistical data are being systematically implemented.
In the near future, it is planned to create a repository for medical images and laboratory studies, a service for the exchange of clinical data between medical organizations, and automate the process of drug provision of state medical institutions.
A new section “eGov.Densaulyk” is under development in the eGov mobile application, which will contain more extensive information for the population, namely information on the status of donation (lifetime); electronic prescriptions; information about medical outlets; registration of pregnant women; dispensary registration; the fact of hospitalization; vaccinations; results of laboratory tests; rendered clinical and diagnostic services and sick leave.
All information related to healthcare will be consolidated in one section of eGov mobile and available to citizens. The citizen will have quick access to their medical data, which will ensure transparency in the provision of medical care.
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