The Logistics and Health Supply Chain Management Center (LogHealth) at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University, under the support of the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), has announced the success of Phase 1 in the development project of the “PCoC Platform (PCoC) to support inventory management for hospital logistics and sub-district health promoting hospitals (HPH).” This project aims to reduce the workload in the hospital system, promote the roles and efficiency of HPH, enabling Thai citizens to access medical healthcare services comprehensively, reduce disparities, and collaborate with the private sector to advance to Phase 2 for nationwide implementation in HPH facilities.
Associate Professor Dr. Thongchai Suwonsichon, Deputy Director of the Research Management and Capability Enhancement Funding Unit (RMCEF) under the supervision of the National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT), stated that the RMCEF, as a research funding agency under the oversight of the Office of the Higher Education Commission, provides research funding to enhance the competitiveness of the country. They promote collaboration between the public and private sectors both domestically and internationally, allowing research efforts to have practical commercial applications. Incidentally, one of the projects in focus involves studying and testing the model of virtual hospitals through supply chain and logistics management in the primary healthcare network. This project can effectively manage logistics in hospitals and health-promoting sub-district health centers (HPSHCs) and has the potential for commercial expansion.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Thanapat Wanichanon, Deputy Dean of Strategy and Human Capital Management Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University, stated that Mahidol University places great importance on incorporating research and innovation into the development of digital healthcare and health technology to drive the country’s society and economy. LogHealth Center has received research funding from the PMUC to develop the “Primary Care on Cloud (PCoC) platform for supporting inventory management in logistics for hospitals and sub-district health promotion hospitals (sub-district hospitals).” Phase 1 of the prototype is complete. This is beneficial for improving the quality of life for the Thai people, as the current healthcare and public health services in Thailand, including large hospitals and specialized disease care centers, do not emphasize comprehensive care. The staff often work redundantly, leading to reduced service quality and efficiency and problems in receiving care. The ‘PCoC’ platform connects medical institutions in large cities with those in small towns or rural areas for better management of medical supplies, ensuring suitable allocation and distribution of resources. This reduces the disparities in healthcare services for the public.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Duangpun Kritchanchai, Head of the Logistics and Healthcare Supply Chain Management Center (LogHealth) at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University, spoke of the success in developing the “Primary Care on Cloud (PCoC) platform for supporting inventory management in logistics for hospitals and sub-district health promotion hospitals (sub-district hospitals).” The LogHealth Center at Mahidol University has spent more than three years developing an efficient system and software to manage drug inventory between large hospitals (parent hospitals) and sub-district health promotion hospitals (child hospitals). This improves the overall healthcare management efficiency for the general public by implementing the “PCoC” platform, which allows the parent hospital to manage drug inventory and supplies in children hospitals. If any drug runs out of stock, it can be replenished and distributed to the sub-district health promotion hospitals. Thai Post Co., Ltd. serves as an intermediary for the supply processing and distribution of drugs to the sub-district health promotion hospitals. In the future, this platform will also support the delivery of drugs and medical supplies to patients’ homes. This project aligns with the country’s public health policies and complies with the Royal Decree prescribing the allocation and decentralization of authority to local administrative organizations, BE 2542, as well as the Operational Plan for Allocating Authority to Local Administrative Organizations (Second Edition), BE 2551, in terms of transferring the duties to the Subdistrict Health Stations, community hospitals, and general hospitals to local administrative organizations.
The highlight of the “PCoC” platform is that LogHealth Center, Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University, has conducted a study and tested the Virtual Hospital system at the Khumueang Hospital, Khumueang District, and the Ban Non Charoen Hospital, Khumueang District, Buriram Province. This efficient system has managed drug inventory effectively, reduced the steps, cut costs and resources in the hospital’s dispensing, distribution, and replenishing process. Additionally, it has reduced the burden of warehouse management and transportation. Furthermore, the system can also provide backward verification to ensure the safety of patients.
In this second phase, it involves collaboration between the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University, and Intelect Limited (Public Company) to further develop this PCoC platform to make it ready for use throughout the national public healthcare network.
Mr. Chana Supatsorn, CEO of Intelligist Limited (Public Company), stated that the company is a provider of large-scale data infrastructure in Thailand, with expert personnel in big data and information technology. They are pleased to cooperate with LogHealth Center, Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University, focusing on quality, efficiency, user-friendliness, data analytics, and personal data protection. Building on the success of the pilot project in Buriram Province, the company is eager to support the nationwide rollout of the platform.
In addition, this year, the company has introduced a Digital Medical Platform for the nationwide automated delivery of medication and medical supplies under a large-scale and secure data platform, ensuring compliance with various regulations like PDPA. The company believes that the cooperation between their company and LogHealth will enhance the service provided by the national public healthcare system, promoting sustainable development and advancement in the healthcare sector of Thailand.
Source: Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University