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Kingdom’s first digital hospital service launched

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Health Minister Mam Bun Heng yesterday launched a digital patient record retrieval service at Phnom Penh’s Preah Ang Duong Hospital.

Mr Bun Heng said the service, called Pethyoeung, is the first of its kind in the Kingdom and uses a chip-based ID card which allows hospital staff to instantly retrieve the patient’s details when presented.

He noted that the ministry now plans to also introduce the service to the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital in the next stage of the programme before it goes nationwide.

Mr Bun Heng said the ID card chip contains the patients’ medical history to make it easier for doctors to treat them.

“When they show the ID card, the doctor will be able to access the system’s database and retrieve their medical records, making it easier to treat them,” he said. “There is no need to waste time questioning them on their history of medical problems.”

He noted that right now the ID card could only be used in Ang Duong hospital but in the future, patients would be able to use it at all state hospitals.

“We plan to expand the system to hospitals nationwide, just as some countries have already done,” Mr Bun Heng said. “Our next step is to introduce it in the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital.”

Lou LyKheang, director of Preah Ang Duong Hospital, yesterday said that so far the hospital had issued 1,800 ID cards to patients.

He said that the system was introduced to the hospital first because 95 percent of its staff were computer literate.

“Initially patients will have to spend a lot of time detailing their medical history to be inputted into the database,” he noted. “But when they come the next time they will enjoy a speedy service. The system also helps in the hospital’s administrative work.”

Pong Limsan, founder and chief executive officer of First Womentech Asia, which created the software, yesterday thanked the ministry for supporting the Khmer-made system.

She said that before its launch in the hospital, the system was already being used successfully in 200 private clinics in the capital.

“We have trained the doctors and staff of Preah Ang Duong hospital to use the system,” Ms Limsan noted. “We hope that this digital software will help to improve health sector services.”

Klouk Choun, 52, a patient from Takeo province, yesterday said that she had already been issued with the ID card and now enjoys quicker treatment at the hospital.

“When I show my ID card, the doctors check their computers and know my medical history,” she said. “They do not need to ask me a lot of questions and I get faster treatment.”

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