UMS Smart Teaching Hospital will be first in SEA

KOTA KINABALU: Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) will be home to the region’s first smart teaching hospital by 2021.

Higher Education Deputy Minister Datuk Dr Mary Yap Kain Ching said UMS Teaching Hospital (HUMS) would not only be a place of teaching and learning but also one that would increase public accessibility to quality health facilities.

However, she said these facilities would go up a notch higher as it would be developed as the first state-of-the-art digitally equipped University Teaching Hospital in South East Asia.

“UMS Teaching Hospital will become the game changer in Sabah and in this region.

“Transformation of public universities into smart campuses has become an important agenda for the Higher Education Ministry.

“In this regard, the UMS Teaching Hospital will be developed as the first smart hospital in the country and in the region. The hospital will be equipped with various latest and relevant digital technologies and facilities,” she said at the HUMS launch officiated by Prime Minister Datuk Najib Razak at UMS Dewan Kuliah 2 here yesterday.

Yap said UMS is among the 12 out of Malaysia’s 20 public universities with a Medical Faculty, which requires a teaching hospital to provide students with a hands-on experience.

She added there is a big amount of universities without the facility, resulting in clinical teaching and training being conducted in the Ministry of Health hospitals.

The RM652 million HUMS is expected to produce a 110,853 sq meters of hospital development floor space with 400 beds.

Yap said among the services that would be available are specialists, medical and nursing student learning centre, orthodontist, 24 hour emergency and trauma services, radiology center, dialysis center, physiotherapy and sports injury center and quit smoking clinic.

The deputy minister elaborated the smart hospital concept would implement AI Dashboard Reporting, 100% Digital Medical Record, Integration among Medical Equipment and non-medical equipment concept, Digital OT Connectivity to Classroom, Telemedicine, EMR for Research Propose, Smart Class Room and Exam Hall, E-Clinical System and building intelligence among others.