The WHO Global Clinical Platform for COVID-19

The WHO has established a Global Clinical Platform of COVID-19 and invites all Member States and health facilities to report anonymised patient-level clinical information to the WHO platform

Global understanding of the natural history of COVID-19, its clinical features, prognostic factors and outcomes remains incomplete. In response, the WHO has created a global clinical platform of patient-level anonymized clinical data. The Platform is a secure, limited-access, password protected platform hosted on REDCap. In addition, WHO has developed a Dashboard to allow the dynamic and interactive visualization of the Platform’s data to the public. This dashboard will be updated monthly and further visualizations will be built as more data becomes available.


World Economic Forum: Shaping the Future of Health and Healthcare

In the next decade, healthcare delivery systems will transform radically. Our current capital intensive, hospital-centric model is unsustainable and ineffective.

 The Future of Health and Healthcare leverages a data-enabled delivery system and virtual care, integrated across the continuum of care from precision prevention to personalized care delivery, with most health services offered in appropriate settings.

The Platform for Shaping the Future of Health and Healthcare engages stakeholders in new models of public private collaboration to identify and scale up solutions for more resilient, efficient, and equitable healthcare systems to keep populations healthy and deliver the best care.


MIDA: Telemedicine and digital health: a new normal for healthcare providers

With rapid advances in technology, the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) continues to support and encourage new and existing healthcare service providers to embrace opportunities and utilise their infrastructure capabilities, expertise, domestic consumption base and diverse population to create a sustainable economic transformation for the healthcare industry.

According to a research report by Global Market Insights, the market of digital health technologies, including health IT, wearables, health sensors and any solutions aiming to digitise healthcare, is projected to surpass USD 379 billion by 2024. Telemedicine is also fast emerging from this healthcare technology advantage and has the potential to ease “overloading” hospitals.

By deploying advanced telemedicine solutions, physicians expand their reach to remotely examine and diagnose more patients in a shorter period of time, potentially minimising the number of patients entering hospitals and medical facilities.

Although challenges remain, the COVID-19 outbreak has driven the Government and regulatory agencies’ need to facilitate more widespread adoption of telemedicine and digital health. While the Ministry of Health introduced the Telemedicine Blueprint way back in 1997, the Ministry recognises the need to urgently realign and formulate current regulations to address the safety challenges in this new age of healthcare.