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Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Health discussed the implementation of a plan for IT application in the management of health services and insurance payment in 2017 with relevant state bodies during an online conference on March 16.

In his remarks at the event, Deputy Minister of Health Pham Le Tuan said following requests by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to accelerate public administration reforms and improve health service delivery, the ministry has partnered with the Vietnam Social Insurance Agency to install an integrated medical and health insurance database systems.

The effort is to make health insurance payment and assessment much easier and more efficient, Tuan noted.

Though medical information databases of hospitals have already been connected to the system of social insurance agencies, they have not been updated regularly, he said, stressing the importance to speed up the system connection and information updates.

The 2017 plan for IP applications in management of health service and insurance payment focuses on publishing legal documents on related matters, developing a financial mechanism for operation of the IT system, training staff and improve supervision works.

According to the plan, all medical establishments at provincial and national levels will have their database connected to health insurance information and assessment systems before June 30 while all district clinics will complete the work before August 31 this year.-VNA