*DG of Health Newsflash*
This morning I was invited to deliver the keynote address at the Innovating Care Asia Pacific Conference 2017 at International Medical University (IMU) where I shared the broad perspective and bird-eye view of the framework at MOH Malaysia on innovation, collaboration and smart partnership in healthcare.
Innovation is the ability to see change as an opportunity, not as a threat; translating the biggest of challenge into the best of opportunity for the organisation. At MOH, we are cognisant that health is everyone’s business and all sectors are indeed health sector. With that in mind, we have embarked on many innovative collaborations in health, working together with all sectors for better health. While many others discussing the theory and philosophy of innovation and collaboration, at MOH we are focused on delivering. As result, we have initiated many innovations and collaborations in healthcare by encouraging both bottom-up and top-down approaches, many of which has been successfully implemented.
Innovations in the delivery of care should be focused on attaining the objective of providing high quality equitable care to all citizens at affordable cost. Technology and processes would be the enablers to achieve these objectives. However, the most critical innovation needed in health is on how to transform the mindset of our public, to empower the individuals to take charge of their own health and promote health seeking behaviour. I am convinced that this is achievable with health education and by leveraging on game-changer technologies already available now and will be available in the future.
*Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah*
*DG of Health*