MYINDUSTRIES 2019: DEPUTY MINISTER OF HEALTH PUSHES FOR IR 4.0 DEVELOPMENT IN THE HEALTH SECTOR
Caption: Deputy Minister of Health, Yang Berhormat Dr. Lee Boon Chye (right) visiting the MYINDUSTRIES 2019 exhibition featuring key players from the manufacturing, ICT, healthcare, electronics, security, communication, and education sectors. With him is Ms. Hew Moi Lan, SEG International Bhd Executive Director/CEO (left).
Deputy Minister of Health, Yang Berhormat Dr. Lee Boon Chye said the development of Industry 4.0 (IR4.0) in the healthcare sector can only be heightened when there are adequate human resource, world-class infrastructure and appropriate regulatory framework in place.
Speaking at the International Conference on IR4.0 or MYINDUSTRIES 2019 by SEGi University, Dr. Lee said over the last two decades, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has been investing in digital health technology to improve the health care system in the country and it will continue doing so by piloting programmes that assimilate IR4.0 technology.
“We launched the telemedicine blueprint and enacted Telemedicine Act way back in 1997. MOH also established The Malaysia Health Information Exchange which is a patient record interoperability platform. The Malaysia Health Data Warehouse was set up as a key repository centre of health data for analytics, strategic planning, evidence-based decision making and research,” he said when explaining MOH’s technology investments in the past.
He said MOH recently embarked on a pilot programme on virtual clinics which enables patient consultation via video conferencing with doctors.
He also elaborated on key developments involving IR4.0 which is transforming the health care industry including advancements in biotechnology in developing regenerative medicine; gene editing to cure genetic diseases; nanotechnology for precision drug delivery and robotics; IoT for healthcare applications; artificial intelligence to support diagnostics; big data to improve decision-making; 3D-printing for prosthetics and robot-assisted surgeries.
Dr. Lee also impressed upon the idea of mitigating challenges that may arise as a result of these technologies including cost, resource utilisation and the impact on the doctor-patient relationship and said urged policymakers to continue to modernise the existing governance systems and structures.
“Since 2018, MOH initiated efforts to develop a regulatory framework and practising guidelines for new service model taking into recent developments in virtual clinics and ‘uberisation of healthcare’. These regulations and guidelines shall adhere to the principles of patient safety, quality of care, confidentiality, accountability and traceability,” said Dr. Lee.
The three-day mega international conference and exhibition on Industry 4.0 themed “A Global Revolution in Business, Technology and Productivity” ended today. It attracted over 1,000 participants, prominent industry players and academia, top local and international speakers, and a host of country leaders.
The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad who launched MYINDUSTRIES 2019 on October 14 said universities play a major role in solving real industry problems for the effective implementation of industry 4.0.
“Our universities have to start focusing on developing their R&D capabilities in solving real industry problems and case studies of increased productivity and Return on Investment (ROI). This provides a strong value proposition for the Industries,” said Tun Dr. Mahathir in his keynote address.
“There must be more research done on transforming the SMEs towards technology-driven businesses. We need more customised technologies to suit the Malaysian industries and Industry 4.0 could be a new beginning for local technology developers and researchers. Of course, the Government is more than willing to listen, understand and assist the private sectors in establishing the right ecosystem for this purpose,” he added.
On Day 2 of the conference (October 15), Yang Berusaha Tuan Tian Chua, the chairman of Malaysia Productivity Corporation delivered a keynote address titled “Towards a Productive and Fairer Society” and moderated a panel session on “IR4.0: Challenges of Implementing Industry 4.0”.
This was followed by keynote addresses from Minister of Primary Industries YB Puan Teresa Kok, and Deputy Minister of Works, YB Tuan Haji Mohd Anuar Mohd Tahir as well as Minister of Entrepreneur Development YB Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof.
MYINDUSTRIES 2019 was put together with the aim of gathering various stakeholders to network and share their experiences, products and services in order to facilitate the effective roll-out of IR4.0 in Malaysia.
Over 100 breakout sessions, panel sessions, talks, as well as academic and research tracks took place over the course of three days featuring distinguished speakers, government officials, captains of industry, academics, technopreneurs, SME operators, technology providers, and venture capitalists.
Some of the more notable sessions included a panel session and talks on National Policy on IR4.0; Digital Infrastructure Lifestyle; Industry 4.0 Enabling Technologies; Assessing the Readiness for IR4.0 – A Mental Model Approach; Embracing IR4.0 and Developing Students and Workforce to Acquire Critical Skills and Fill Skills Gap; Innovation Value Chain for IR4.0; and Opportunities and Challenges for Malaysia in Adopting IR4.0.
The conference also had concurrent sessions on simulation and augmented reality, blockchain, artificial intelligence, computing, healthcare, engineering, education, and other technology trends.
SEGi University aims to position itself as leading research and innovation-driven university and become a primary industry talent source. The university is heavily invested in transforming its education system to meet the demands of Industry 4.0.
In fact, SEGi University launched its first R&D Blueprint (2016 – 2020) focusing on building a dynamic ecosystem that could contribute towards re-aligning research and academic output towards the local and global economic needs.
MYINDUSTRIES 2019 was co-organised by BlockOn and supported by various sponsors and partners including International Data Corporation, Acer Malaysia, Nestlé (Malaysia) Berhad, Tenaga Nasional Bhd, Foodpanda Malaysia Sdn Bhd, i2M Ventures Sdn Bhd, Oriental Material Handling (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, CMG Holdings Sdn Bhd, Reveron Consulting Sdn Bhd, DSC Consulting Sdn Bhd, STMicroelectronics Sdn Bhd, Merchantrade Asia Sdn Bhd, NanoMalaysia Berhad, Digiwin Soft, MIT Stem International School, Malaysia Institute of Technology Academy, Akademi Sains Malaysia, and City & Guilds.
About SEGi University & Colleges
First established in 1977, SEGi University & Colleges has undergone tremendous growth to meet the demands for tertiary and professional education.
With a population of 20,000 local and international students, SEGi stands as one of the most established private higher education institutions in Malaysia. Today, SEGi stands proud of its flagship campus in Kota Damansara and four other campuses in Subang Jaya, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, and Kuching.
As a higher education institution, SEGi University and Group of Colleges have provided affordable quality global education to school leavers and working adults not only in the field of Accounting, Finance and Business Management, but also includes the field of Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Pharmacy, Allied Health Sciences, Engineering, Information Technology, Creative Design, Communications, Hospitality & Tourism Management and Early Childhood Education.
SEGi has been awarded the highest 5 Stars in the categories of teaching, facilities, social responsibility and inclusiveness in the 2016 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) stars audit.
This makes SEGi the first university to receive such strong recognition for prioritising society’s needs in Malaysia. The institution also added another accolade to its trove with its latest achievement of 6 Stars in the 2016/2017 Malaysia Quality Evaluation System (MyQuest) for its outstanding educational excellence. Others include the 2017 and 2018 Putra Brand Awards in the Education and Learning category.
Since its establishment of more than four decades ago, SEGi is proud to acknowledge that it has produced over 130,000 alumni all around the world who are now professional leaders in their respective fields.