WebGain's VisualCafe speeds up deployment of Medical Online's telehealth platform in Malaysia

Santa Clara 29 January 2002The VisualCafe product designed by WebGain Inc., a provider of e-business development environments, has been instrumental in Malaysia's Medical Online delivering a suite of on-line health information technology for its country's Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC). The MSC is Malaysia's ambitious and idealistic multi-year technology project in support of the government's vision for creating a sophisticated, knowledge-driven society by 2020. Medical Online is a technology company, based in Kuala Lumpur, dedicated to delivering an integrated on-line telehealth solution for patients and providers.


The Malaysian government has entrusted Medical Online with delivering an integrated suite of applications. The applications to be delivered by Medical Online will provide personalised health information to individuals and offer continuing medical education for providers. The applications to be delivered by Medical Online will also provide access to electronic medical records to both individuals and providers.

During Phase One of the project, certain of the applications developed by Medical Online will be deployed in four government-run hospitals, 42 government-run health centres, and at a publicly accessible Web site. Medical Online has also promised to deliver pieces of the project on a tight, quarterly timetable and have Phase One fully deployed and debugged by 2003.

"We could not have met our deadlines without WebGain's VisualCafe", stated Dr. Mohammed Hishamuddin Harun, Medical Online's president and CEO. "Prior to using VisualCafe, we were manually developing, deploying, and debugging our applications. VisualCafe has automated that process and cut the time spent significantly."

Medical Online Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of AIH Group Malaysia Sdn Bhd, is a special purpose company incorporated in May 5, 1999, to undertake the implementation of the Telehealth MSC Flagship Application Project of the Multimedia Super Corridor. This prestigious project is structured as a "Build-Operate-Own" project under a five year concession agreement with the Ministry of Health, Government of Malaysia. It was accorded MSC status on December 10, 1999.

Medical Online's goal is to support the vision of Malaysia as a nation of healthy individuals, families and communities, through a health system that is equitable, affordable, efficient, technologically appropriate, environmentally appropriate, and consumer friendly, with emphasis on quality, innovation, health promotion, and respect for human and community participation towards an enhanced quality of life.

"The rapid development and integration of health care-related applications offers significant promise for making health care delivery more effective and efficient", stated Joe Menard, chairman and CEO, WebGain. "We are excited that Medical Online has been able to use our development tools to advance that ideal as part of Malaysia's MSC project."

WebGain Inc. accelerates the definition, design, construction, deployment, and evolution of enterprise-class e-business applications for leading application server technologies. WebGain Studio, the company's flagship product, reduces time to market for e-business applications through providing integrated development solutions across the application development lifecycle.

Leslie Versweyveld

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