PENANG ADVENTIST HOSPITAL SELECTS SUN AND novaHEALTH TO DEPLOY FIRST WEB-BASED HOSPITAL INFORMATION SYSTEM IN MALAYSIA
Innovative and reliable software and hardware solutions deliver cost-effective modern healthcare for Penang Adventist Hospital’s expansion plans.
31 October 2002 — Sun Microsystems and novaHEALTH today announced that they have been selected by Penang Adventist Hospital (PAH) to implement a consolidated system architecture and a hospital & patient portal to achieve potential savings of 10 to 15% a year over its legacy system.
PAH, the 78-year-old non-profit hospital, was looking for cost-effective solutions and system platform to help in its expansion plans in the region. Its existing system was unable to scale, and there were information silos and gaps in its IT architecture and processes that were hampering growth.
PAH targets to launch Malaysia’s first web-based hospital information system by early 2003 and the first healthcare web services and customized patient portal in the months following that. This goal is to ensure shorter patient waiting time and delivery of more time critical operational reports and statistics. In its evaluation of technology vendors, PAH found that Sun and novaHEALTH provide an innovative and functional solution stack that offers the best total cost of ownership (TCO) for the next generation in healthcare solutions.
Besides offering reliable, scalable, and cost-effective end-to-end computing infrastructure, Sun also offers PAH am open standards platform from which future solutions spanning patient care, physician desktop and mobility access will be built. On the solutions end, PAH chose novaHEALTH’s web-based VESALIUS – Hospital Information System™ (HIS) covering inpatient and outpatient management, pharmacy, patient billing and medical records tracking.
“We are a non-profit hospital with a long history of delivering high quality healthcare services to the local community – and now we are extending this to the neighboring countries such as Indonesia and Indochina. PAH cannot afford to try and test technology but rather would like to quickly realize the benefits from our technology investments. Sun and novaHEALTH bring to the table a very compelling proposition that focuses on both our short-term and long-term business goals – to assist in PAH’s operational efficiency and growth,” said Teddric Mohr, Chief Executive Officer, Penang Adventist Hospital.
“novaHEALTH’s expertise in healthcare solutions coupled with Sun’s ability to provide scalable, mission critical and high-performance technology platform will help enable PAH’s successful implementation of secure web services and web-based applications,” said Lionel Lim, Vice President & Managing Director, South Asia of Sun Microsystems. “The integration with our Sun ONE products will provide a solid foundation for scalable deployments and services-on-demand. This could path the way for yet another first for PAH”
“As a provider of healthcare solutions, we are always on the look-out for hospitals that continuously seek improvements in their operations through creative use of IT. This mindset will ensure the best in systems are utilised to its fullest, ” said Lai Teik Kin, CEO, novaHEALTH. “In PAH, we found a management that is progressive and forward-thinking. Hence, we are confident that VESALIUS will enhance the quality of patient care and manage operational efficiency.
The new system from Sun and novaHEALTH will replace the current legacy system. It will include biometrics security features such as finger-print scan and retina/facial scan. PAH also plans to issue Java Card to staff and patients to improve security and operational efficiency. The on-going upgrading plans of PAH includes the establishment of a network infrastructure to increase accessibility and to support new customer-relationship management functionality from novaHEALTH via the PAH e-Health Portal.
Sun Fire servers, Sun StorEdge, Sun ONE Directory Server, SunCluster and StarOffice are among the products from Sun that have been selected by PAH.