The MySejahtera app has helped Malaysians get through the Covid-19 pandemic and it was mainly used for contact tracing, the Covid-19 vaccination program, and pushing out related information regarding the disease.
However, as Malaysia is transitioning to endemicity, the app has gradually turned redundant, with its usage plunging as much as 97% after the government announced that check-in with the app is no longer mandatory.
In light of this wastage, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin is now taking advantage of the app’s massive user base to improve public health, by taking the MySejahtera app beyond Covid-19.
“I thought to myself, how do we pivot this app now, with its credibility largely tainted because of Covid-19 check-ins and things like that, and turn that into an app that we can use for non-communicable diseases (NCD) screening?” the minister said at a World Health Organization (WHO) roundtable discussion.
Khairy said that more than 30 million people in the country have downloaded the app and he described this as a “once in a generation population-wide” enrolment.
With this, he said the Health Ministry (KKM) is considering utilising MySejahtera for the upcoming national-level free health screening programme that will take place this July.
Khairy elaborated that the app will likely be used to provide bookings for screenings, as well as to carry health records that one can share with their physician.
He also said the ministry is looking into adapting the app for other programs such as the National Immunisation Programme (NIP) for children. In addition, this move can eliminate the need for physical vaccination cards too.
The NIP programme comprises of various important vaccines to children which protect them against 13 diseases including measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, polio, Hepatitis B, tuberculosis, and HPV.
Nonetheless, it appears that the ministry is still working on these changes and the minister did not confirm any timeline for the new direction for MySejahtera.