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Digital transformation slow in HCMC healthcare sector

By Minh Thao

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HCMC – HCMC is slowly introducing digital transformation to ease the burden on hospitals and the healthcare system.

To this end, electronic prescriptions will be implemented by the Health Ministry by the end of 2022 or the beginning of 2023, according to Circular No.4. Moreover, patients’ information will be digitally stored in the hospital systems.

HCMC’s medical examination and treatment centers have been using electronic prescriptions and storing prescription information in the hospital’s system.

The Children’s Hospital HCMC Deputy Director Nguyen Minh Tien said electronic prescriptions had been used since the hospital’s inception. Most hospitals and healthcare centers in HCMC use electronic prescriptions, but a few still use paper prescriptions.

However, weaknesses have been spotted as there has been a shortage of highly-trained and knowledgeable employees since Covid-19 broke out.

Given the situation, the Vietnam Young Physicians’ Association partnered with the University of Medicine and Pharmacy and units to set up www.Y360.vn to establish an academic platform for medical healthcare personnel and offer professional training for all members.

Le Thien Quynh Nhu, deputy chief of the HCMC Health Department, said that the municipal health sector had carried out many measures to improve the performance of manpower at grassroots facilities.

Following resolution No.1 made by the HCMC People’s Committee in 2022, 95 professional elderly employees participated in the program, of which 64 are resigned doctors, and 401 are guards and hygienists returning to work in the hospital.

In 2022, the People’s Committee of HCMC adopted resolution No.1, in which 95 professional elderly laborers, including 64 former doctors, 401 guards and hygienists, resumed their careers.

Currently, the number of health personnel in the sector has increased by 270 since the start of the program.

The Health Department will continue strengthening solutions to upgrade manpower in the coming time. Accordingly, many undergraduate student conferences will be held at Pham Ngoc Thach University, the University of Medicine and Pharmacy and the Faculty of Medicine of HCMC Vietnam National University to attract more young doctors.

Moreover, courses are being updated to give young doctors more opportunities to improve their professionalism.

At the same time, the HCMC Health Department also proposed to the Medical Association, Midwifery Association and Public Health Association of HCMC to support propaganda and mobilize elderly workers with medical expertise to participate in the program.

The HCMC People’s Committee was asked to adjust the salary for sanitation workers and security guards working in the health sector to attract logistical human resources.

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