Thailand’s National Health Security Office, National Telecommunications Public Co. and Bitkub World Tech have partnered to develop a national health platform that integrates the country’s various health departments.
On Monday, the parties signed a memorandum of understanding for a project where they will jointly research, test and develop new digital data link technologies with the aim of further digitizing health service delivery in Thailand.
As part of the collaboration, the NHSO, which operates the country’s national health insurance scheme, will provide information, policies and regulations related to the development of the health platform, while the public telecommunications company NT will provide its telecommunications and IT systems, such as internet network services, 4G and 5G networks, cloud computing, cybersecurity and data centers.
Meanwhile, Bitkub World Tech, a joint venture between cryptocurrency exchange Bitkub and Thongtang Group, will help develop digital health IDs and run the health platform on the blockchain. It has been said that the application of blockchain technology will enable the verification and protection of patients’ personal information.
The national health platform is expected to be tested by the end of the year, once it completes the integration of various health datasets, including data on migrant workers from neighboring countries. .
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT
Anutin Charnvirakul, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health, said the Thai government intends to improve the quality of public health services in the country by using modern technology to connect and integrate health data. effectively and holistically. This, he said, requires the cooperation of the public and private sectors.
The national health platform is designed to support equal access to health care, as well as the development of telemedicine. Through the platform, patients can book medical appointments, check their insurance coverage and receive compensation.
THE GREAT TREND
Last year, five public and private sector organizations joined forces to work on a project that will create an intelligent, full-service medical information system powered by 5G. Called on Thailand Health Data Space 5G, the project marks the first phase of development of Thailand’s big data health information platform, which includes big data infrastructure, national hospital network information system and hospital network. health service apps.
NT was also involved in a public-private partnership project last year which built the BKK HI Care telemedicine platform for monitoring COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms at home and in community isolation centers.
Last September, Huawei Thailand has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Medical Services to bring 5G technologies to two public hospitals, National Cancer Institute and Rajavithi Hospital.