During today’s Government meeting, Deputy Minister of Healthcare Alexey Tsoi elaborated on the digitalization of the healthcare sector.

Healthcare digitalization is carried out within the Presidential Address “Third Modernization of Kazakhstan: Global competitiveness”, and it is also fully synchronized with the draft State Program “Digital Kazakhstan”.

The target operating model for digital healthcare involves the creation of a single information space with data on patients, medical records. Patients will have access to information about their own health through an electronic health passport, access to electronic healthcare services and will provide feedback on the quality of healthcare services.

Doctors, in turn, will be able to provide remote consultations through access to consolidated medical information on their patients. Medical organizations will take into account the rating of their work, will have access to the situation table and indicators, which will allow improving the quality of service provision in a timely manner. The activities of the Social Medical Insurance Fund and the public health service will also be automated.

The Deputy Minister also talked about the work carried out in the regions. Currently, the healthcare digitization process in the regions is measured by three indicators: introduction of medical information systems, equipment with computer hardware, and access of healthcare organizations to the internet.

 “As of October 1, 78.4% of doctors and nurses are equipped with computer hardware. By January 1, 2018, it is planned to reach 85%, and by early 2019 - 100%,” – A. Tsoi noted.

Alexey Tsoi also answered questions from journalists about the pilot introduction of the Watson for Oncology artificial intelligence in healthcare. On September 14 of this year, a Memorandum of Cooperation was signed between the Ministry of Healthcare of the Republic of Kazakhstan and IBM, within the framework of which a pilot introduction of the Watson for Oncology artificial intelligence in healthcare is planned. Currently, a Roadmap for the pilot project is being developed within the framework of the memorandum.

According to the provided information, this artificial intelligence can quickly study the patient's medical history and, based on the latest medical achievements and scientific publications, offer doctors the most effective methods of treatment. It is planned to analyze the medical history of about 100 thousand patients suffering from oncological diseases after its introduction.

The Deputy Minister also said that according to the instructions of the Head of the State, a special Eurasian Economic Union Forum on Healthcare Digitalization will be held in the first quarter of 2018.


Published: 22 November 2017



Blogs of government agencies executives