UMS to have first SMART university hospital, says Najib

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KOTA KINABALU: Prime Minister Najib Razak has granted the request of the Sabah government and Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) to develop the varsity’s first hospital using the SMART University feature.

During the groundbreaking ceremony of the hospital here today, Najib said he had agreed in principle to develop the hospital called Smart HUMS after being briefed by the university’s vice-chancellor, D Kamaruddin D Mudin, and following the request by Chief Minister Musa Aman.

Smart hospitals are those that optimise, redesign or build new clinical processes, management systems and infrastructure, enabled by underlying digitised networking infrastructure of interconnected assets, to provide a valuable service or insight which was not possible or available earlier, to achieve better patient care, experience and operational efficiency.

The critical component for smart hospitals is the ability to provide a valuable service of insight not possible or available earlier.

The Smart HUMS, once fully materialised, will be the first university hospital in the country to adopt the SMART University feature.

Speaking on behalf of the state government and as the university’s pro-chancellor, Musa thanked Najib for his concern and commitment to the university after the federal government, through the higher education ministry, channelled almost RM700 million for the construction of the hospital.

He said the hospital would fulfil the needs of the people and function as a centre for medical research.

“Before this event, we visited the new SK and SMK Pekan Telipok buildings which are are now fully equipped, replacing the schools’ old buildings.

“This is how concerned the government is under Najib’s leadership about empowering, improving and increasing educational infrastructure in the state,” he said.

Musa said the prime minister had also introduced several education assistance programmes such as the 1Malaysia student discount card (KADS1M), which replaced the 1Malaysia book vouchers; a tuition assistance scheme; early schooling special aid and a supplementary food programme for those in need.

For Sabah alone, he said, the federal budget had allocated RM1 billion this year to repair dilapidated schools.

“Therefore, on behalf of the state government and the people of Sabah, we thank the prime minister and deeply appreciate his concern for the people, who time and again proved that the Barisan Nasional government under Najib’s leadership is a government that keeps its promises and continues to fulfil the needs of the people including in the field of education,” he said.

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