Medical Registries to be Maintained.

One of the national institutes of health will be dedicated solely to maintaining medical registries and managing standards for medical practice, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.

“We are trying to develop national registries for the various specialities and various branches of practice,” he said.

“In medicine, we are promoting the concept of registering and maintenance of standards. This is important because in a globalised world. We need to ensure that whatever we’re doing is optimal,” he told reporters after opening the 44th Malaysian Orthopaedic Association Annual Scientific Meeting on 30th May 2014.

This, he said, included using the best instruments capable of producing optimal outcome and ensuring that the skill sets of healthcare professionals and the results they produced were of a certain standard.
Earlier, in his speech, he said many organisations were now moving towards outcome-based management systems to ensure that every ringgit spent in public hospitals and clinics was linked to an outcome.

“For a long time, cost was not a factor in (public) healthcare delivery because the money came from elsewhere,” he said, adding that with times being harder, every ringgit would need to count for something.

One way of promoting optimal outcome, he suggested, was by providing incentives to doctors or clinics that achieve certain clinical targets based on standardised guidelines.


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