KUALA LUMPUR — Institut Jantung Negara (IJN) has been recognised as a leading specialist hospital in the Asia-Pacific region (APAC) by Newsweek’s Best Specialized Hospitals APAC 2023 list. The heart specialist centre ranks at 30 on the list, placing it ahead of the hundreds of other specialist hospitals in the region, and marking it as a top healthcare provider in Malaysia.
The Best Specialized Hospitals APAC 2023 list is a partnership between American magazine Newsweek and global market research firm Statista R. In its first edition, the ranking aims to identify the leading specialty hospitals in six medical fields across nine APAC countries, namely Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand.
The rankings are primarily based on a survey of over 8,000 medical professionals, including medical doctors, nurses, and therapists, as well as healthcare administrators from the designated APAC countries. The survey was carried out online from February to March 2023, and asked participants to recommend hospitals in their own field of expertise as well as a secondary medical field. Several Joint Commission International (JCI) certifications related to specific medical fields were also considered as part of the final scoring analysis.
“We are delighted by this prestigious accolade, especially at this timely juncture as we are implementing our roadmap towards becoming a flagship smart hospital to continue raising the bar for heart healthcare and patient outcomes,” said IJN chief executive officer Datuk Dr Aizai Azan Abdul Rahim. “This expansion plan includes a new multidisciplinary facility with 120 beds and premier facilities, and is expected to be completed in 2026.”
Established in 1992, IJN has earned a global reputation for its innovative heart treatments as well as high standards of patient safety. At present, the centre has 433 beds, 8 invasive cardiac laboratories, 9 operating rooms including a hybrid operating theatre, 10 dialysis beds, and a dedicated wellness and sleep centre. Adopting a preventative health approach, IJN also has over 70 consultation clinics in a broad range of specialities beyond cardiology, including clinics catering to diabetics, smoking cessation, respiratory services, and paediatric and congenital heart disease care.
In addition to the highly acclaimed ranking, IJN also recently garnered recognition from various esteemed organisations for its exceptional performance. The centre was named “Best Digital Health Service Provider of The Year” at the 23rd PC.com Awards on June 22 for its pioneering efforts in leveraging cutting-edge technology to enhance patient care.
Moreover, IJN also shone across diverse categories at GlobalHealth Asia-Pacific Awards 2023 held in Bali, Indonesia in May. The centre swept up an impressive five accolades, namely Cardiology Service Provider of the Year in Asia-Pacific; Paediatric Cardiology Service Provider of the Year in Asia-Pacific; Diabetes Service Provider of the Year in Asia-Pacific; Emergency Care Service Provider of the Year in Asia-Pacific; and Most Innovative Hospital of the Year in Asia-Pacific.
“These remarkable achievements reflect the collective efforts of our exceptional team, who consistently strive for excellence and innovation in delivering top-class care to our patients. We remain steadfast in our commitment to continue striving to be even better at what we do, and are heartened by all the support we have received thus far,” added Dr Aizai Azan.