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AI system the way forward in medical advancements, says Abang Johari

By October 3, 2022October 17th, 2022No Comments

Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg (second right) with (from left) State Secretary Datuk Seri Mohamad Abu Bakar Marzuki and Deputy Premier Datuk Seri Dr. Sim Kui Hian being briefed on the use of the Philips Azurion 3 by Dr. Tan Sian Kong (right). Photo: Ramidi Subari


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KUCHING: The Normah Medical Specialist Centre will be increasingly integrated with Artificial Intelligence (AI) in its health care system.

Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg pointed out that hospitals around the world have been adopting the technology in their healthcare system.

“AI can deliver better healthcare for all by increasing effectiveness.

“When we adopt the power of AI in predictive medicine, we can predict a disease earlier, clinicians can diagnose and intervene sooner, the impact of the disease could be reduced, resulting in better patient well-being.

“Furthermore, with AI, we can also cut down on admission cases, thus reducing clinician shortages and burnout,” he said.

He was speaking at the launch of a new Cardiovascular Laboratory (CATHLAB), MSCT and MRI at Normah Medical Specialist Centre today.

Adding on, he stated that the current healthcare system was set up to treat patients who already have health issues and patients are treated based on their symptoms. This reactive approach incurs huge cost, time, and resources.

“We need to change this approach. The future of healthcare is in prevention, rather than cure.

“Innovations such as robot, digital and AI are trusted physician’s assistants, as one of its potential is to help people to stay healthy so they don’t need a doctor, or at least not as often.

“Maybe in the near future, we will see fewer inpatients but more outpatients,” he said.

Abang Johari emphasised that AI is the future in medical advancement.

“Looking forward to the future, AI should be incorporated into hospital medical services and management as it gives precise data, helps us to record data efficiently and protect internal medical legal issues.

“I believe AI in medical science provides more than just treatment. We are talking about treatment efficacy, treatment monitoring and patient’s safety using AI,” he said.

With the launch of the latest magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner, Cardiac catheterisation system, and the computed tomography (CT) scanner which all have AI incorporated into them, he said, these equipment have excelled beyond just providing medical images.

“We are now talking about accuracy, precision and big computer data for reconstruction of high resolution images and even looking into functions of the human organs.

“For that, I am proud to know that this medical centre will be the first hospital in Borneo to incorporate robotic intelligence in rehabilitation.

“I am confident to reassure you that with the renowned specialists in this hospital, assisted with futuristic medical technology and world-class standard of care, there are no other hospitals up to such a standard yet in East Malaysia,” he said.