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Malaysian healthcare group KPJ adopts IBM cloud

AvantiKumar | April 22, 2014
KPJ Healthcare, which provides services to more than 2.5 million patients annually, is the first private healthcare organisation in ASEAN to invest in a private cloud deployment to automate medical records.

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Photo - (From Left) KPJ Healthcare Berhad President & Managing Director Tuan Haji Amiruddin Abdul Satar; and IBM Malaysia Managing Director Paul Moung.

 

Malaysian healthcare group KPJ Healthcare has implemented a nationwide cloud infrastructure from IBM and it the first private healthcare organization in Asean to invest in a private cloud deployment to automate medical records,  it said.

IBM Malaysia managing director Paul Moung said IBM is consolidating and centralizing KPJ Healthcare's cloud infrastructure through a network of more than 20 hospitals in Malaysia and four hospitals along with an aged care facility overseas.

"We are excited to work with KPJ Healthcare and help them build a robust cloud infrastructure that not only makes their operations more efficient and cost effective but also improves the healthcare service delivery significantly," said Moung, adding that the cloud deployment is being phased, starting with administrative data and medical records, to ensure a seamless and uninterrupted transition.

"At KPJ, our goal is to provide the most advanced healthcare services to our patients and to do that we need an IT infrastructure that supports integration and collaboration among our network of hospitals," said Tuan Haji Amiruddin Abdul Satar, president/managing director, KPJ Healthcare Berhad, adding that the the organization delivers healthcare services to more than 2.5 million patients annually.

"We engaged IBM because of their ability and proven track record of developing innovative cloud infrastructures for healthcare organisations across the globe. With the cloud solution, we are able to respond to our patients' needs faster and in a more effective manner," said Amiruddin.

This implementation is allowing KPJ Healthcare to provide better services to patients and their families, he said. For example, patients can now expect shorter waiting times and hassle free services, when they visit the hospital.  With an integrated network, patients are also able to access medical expertise and advice from across hospitals.

 Self-service access to information
 
Amiruddin said the self-service access to information delivered through the cloud also reduced complexity. "By moving our IT infrastructure to the cloud, we are able to centrally deliver IT services to the hospitals nationwide in an efficient, reliable and secure manner."

The new cloud-enabled infrastructure allows KPJ Healthcare to operate at a reduced cost and with greater efficiency, reliability and flexibility, he said. It also ensures that KPJ Healthcare is able to roll out new applications at existing and new hospitals. The shift to the cloud will also complement the hospital's plan to establish themselves as a major regional player in healthcare services.

"KPJ Healthcare's confidence in IBM's cloud computing capability is testament to the proven track record we have in delivering cloud computing solutions to meet a variety of client requirements," said IBM Malaysia's Moung.

With a staff of more than 10,000, KLSE-listed KPJ Healthcare operates more than 20 hospitals locally with two hospitals in Indonesia and a retirement and age-care resort in Australia, a significant share in a hospital in Bangkok, and managing a hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

 

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