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Telemedicine in the Malaysian Multimedia
Super Corridor: Towards Personalised
Lifetime Health Plans
Syed Sibte Raza ABIDI & Zaharin YUSOFF
Health Informatics Research Group, School of Computer Sciences,
Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 Penang, Malaysia.
Abstract. The Malaysian Telemedicine initiative advocates a paradigm shift in healthcare
delivery patterns by way of implementing a person-centred and wellness-focused
healthcare system. This paper introduces the Malaysian Telemedicine vision, its
functionality and associated operational conditions. In particular, we focus on the
conceptualisation of one key Telemedicine component i.e. the Lifetime Health Plan (LHP)
system--a distributed multi-module application for the periodic monitoring and generation
of health-care advisories for all Malaysians. In line with the LHP project, we present an
innovative healthcare delivery info-structure--LifePlan--that aims to provide life-long,
pro-active, personalised, wellness-oriented healthcare services to assist individuals to
manage and interpret their health needs. Functionally, LifePlan based healthcare services
are delivered over the WWW, packaged as Personalised Lifetime Health Plans that allow
individuals to both monitor their health status and to guide them in healthcare planning.