DIGITAL Health Malaysia’s (DHM) Telemedicine 4.0 conference was held as part of Digital Health Week in collaboration with the 6th International Conference on Bio-Sensing Technology.

The first three editions of the conference in 2015, 2016 and 2017 led to the formation of DHM (previously known as Telemedicine Development Group).

Telemedicine 4.0 brought together policymakers, industry and academia as well as medical practitioners and providers to support digital health initiatives in Malaysia.

Health Ministry director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah opened the two-day conference with the theme “4th Industrial Revolution in Healthcare” at Grand Dorsett Subang in Selangor where participants learned about current trends in technology and its implementation in healthcare.

“Clinical medicine has been evolving rapidly while episodic care is now replaced with continuous monitoring of patients remotely through patient input and biosensors,” said DHM organising committee chairman Professor Dr Wong Chee Piau, who is a professor of paediatrics, consultant paediatrician and child neurologist.

“A comprehensive digital roadmap is crucial and requires cooperation from all parties,” he added.

Panellists and speakers at Telemedicine 4.0 included Professor Richard Luxton (Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology director, University of the West of England), Nicola Ware (Ramsay Hospital Research Foundation chief executive officer), Dr Fazilah Shaik Allaudin (Health Ministry Planning Division senior deputy director), Dr Zubin J. Daruwalla (PwC South-East Asia Consulting healthcare director), Dr Feisul Idzwan Mustapha (Health Ministry Disease Control Division NCD deputy director), Hassan Chaudhury (Healthcare UK, International Trade Department) Professor Leong Chee Onn (International Medical University), and Professor Jai Mohan (Quest International University Perak adjunct professor).

The lead sponsor for Telemedicine 4.0 was Ramsay Sime Darby Health Care, while additional sponsors included Collaborative Research in Engineering, Science and Technology, Sancy Bhd and SilTerra Malaysia Sdn Bhd.

The conference was also supported by the British High Commission Kuala Lumpur, Department for International Trade Malaysia, Health Ministry and Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission.

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