Casemix improves hospital care in Malaysia


  • 2011•10•26     Kuala Lumpur

    On 16 October, the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) agreed to partner to implement the casemix system at Hospital USM in Kubang Kerian, Kelantan, Malaysia. Under the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by the two partners, UNU-IIGH will conduct a series of workshops and training sessions for Hospital USM staff and support capacity building.

    Casemix is a tool to improve efficiency and quality of care in hospitals and medical centres. Casemix provides the healthcare industry with a consistent method of classifying types of patients, their treatment and associated costs. It involves developing and implementing a patient classification system that groups patients according to their clinical conditions. The casemix system comprises diagnosis-related groups (DRGs) in combination with cost-calculation tools (clinical cost modeling), in the form of a software grouper.

    As part of the MoU, UNU-IIGH also will provide USM with access to the pioneering UNU Casemix Grouper software as well as its related technical support, monitoring and maintenance.

    Speaking at the MoU signing, USM Vice-Chancellor Prof. Datuk Dr. Omar Osman said that the casemix system “will help simplify the process of clinical diagnosis for patients using highly innovative software”.

    The UNU casemix grouper software is a product of collaboration between UNU-IIGH, the UNU International Institute for Software Technology (UNU-IIST) and the International Casemix and Clinical Coding Centre (ITCC) of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). The grouper, developed using the International Classification of Disease (ICD) by the World Health Organization (WHO), is ideal for justifying the optimum usage of precious resources for healthcare facilities. The grouper can be customized to adapt to the needs and characteristics specific to the healthcare system.

    This UNU casemix software has been implemented by healthcare providers of various countries throughout the world, including Indonesia, Philippines, Mongolia, Uruguay, Viet Nam, Chile and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It will soon be applied in China, Argentina and Saudi Arabia.

    Medical centres and healthcare service providers interested in developing a widely accepted casemix system in their organizations are welcome to contact UNU-IIGH.