Every Kazakh citizen to have electronic health passport

ASTANA – The Kazakh government will adopt a new healthcare сode in the next year, enabling the country’s healthcare system to implement many up-to-date technologies such as electronic health passports for every citizen. A corresponding single passport bank will also be created.

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“This year, we plan to launch a special platform that will allow the phased integration of all medical information systems and the establishment of the single bank of electronic health passports. This will allow medical workers to know and control continuous medical histories of all citizens from the moment of birth throughout life,” said Vice Minister of Healthcare Aleksei Tsoi at a Central Communications Service briefing.

He noted mobile applications and digital technologies will provide remote monitoring and editing of the person’s status in real time. The code will define the passports’ main legal aspects.

Implementing the new code will increase the responsibility of city and regional administrations for post-licensing control and staffing and equipping medical institutions in accordance with standards, regardless of their ownership.

In addition, the government will require three-years’ work in a hospital for medical university graduates who will study for free beginning in 2019. The action will reduce the deficit of medical personnel on the ground.

“Today, as part of the public health service, activities are being carried out to improve the literacy level of the population in matters of health, as well as increase the responsibility of citizens to make decisions on their health and medical care. In this regard, the new code will make provisions to strengthen the joint responsibility of a citizen for his health,” said Tsoi.

In accordance with international practice, the ministry also plans to define primary, secondary and tertiary care to replace the obsolete divisions by forms and types of medical care. The code will reflect the normative aspects of the integrated model of medical care, management programme for major chronic diseases and multidisciplinary approach in patient care.

At the same time, the code provides changes to improve educational and scientific activities. It will allow medical higher education institutions to meet the national and international requirements for training and education, as well as transfer innovative medical and educational technologies to practical healthcare.

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