Deputy Director General of the Vietnam Social Security Tran Dinh Lieu receives the award (Photo:VNA)

Khanh Hoa (VNA)
- The Vietnam Social Security (VSS) has been honoured for applying information technology in developing health insurance management, medical reviews and payment services by the ASEAN Social Security Association (ASSA).

A ceremony to announce the award was held as part of the 35th ASSA Board Meeting in Khanh Hoa city, the central province of Nha Trang on September 19.

To meet the demand of management and improve the efficiency of health insurance assessment, the VSS built a Health Insurance Medical Information Review System to connect more than 12,000 medical centres nationwide and to standardise data input for data sharing and information exchange between medical centres and social insurance agencies.

Duong Tuan Duc, director of the Centre for Health Insurance Appraisal and Multi-level Payments in the North under the VSS told the Vietnam News Agency that VSS started to apply IT to the sector’s activities in 2015 and the awarded system is one of the 16 applications it has put into operation since 2016.

Duong Tuan Duc, Director of the Centre for Health Insurance Appraisal and Multi-level Payments in the North under VSS (Photo:VNA)

“The system was designed to check all of the documents sent to the VSS by medical units to claim health insurance,” Duc said. “It not only helps supervise the payment of health insurance but also discovers prescriptions which are not in line with the Ministry of Health’s regulations or services which are not covered by health insurance,” he added.

Organisations from Indonesia, Malaysia and the Phillippines also received the award in the IT category at the ceremony.

The ASSA Recognition Awards started in 2015 to share successes with other member orgnisations in the categories of Innovation, Transformation, Customer Service, Strategic Communication, Information Technology, Insurance Coverage, Financial Literacy and Governance.


Representative from Malaysia receives award in "Innovation" category (Photo:VNA)

This year’s awards were granted to 17 organisations in all eight categories.

The ASSA was found in 1998 following the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement in Bangkok, Thailand on February 13 that year, involving heads of social security institutions from the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Representatives from Laos and Vietnam also attended the signing ceremony as observers. Later that year, the Vietnam Social Security became a member of ASSA.

This is the fifth time the Vietnam Social Security has chaired the ASSA Board Meeting. It undertook the chairmanship during 2002 – 2003 and organised the ASSA Board Meeting in 1999, 2002, 2005 and 2010. ASSA members now comprise 19 social security institutions from 10 ASEAN nations.-VNA