Healthcare gets a dose of IT

Healthcare gets a dose of IT

Summary: Inaugural event spurs rally for faster adoption of better clinical systems, as part of a regional effort to improve patient care.

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  • At the inaugural Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) AsiaPac 2007 conference this week, Singapore's Minister for Health Khaw Boon Wan urged healthcare institutions to pick up the pace and implement more information technologies that improve patient care. Khaw's vision for the island-state is "One Singaporean, One EMR", where patient medical records are consolidated in a centralized database to enable the information to be shared securely between doctors from both the public and private sectors in the country.

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  • Offering a sneak peek into the industry's future, Professor Tan Ser Kiat, group CEO of SingHealth and CEO of Singapore General Hospital, talked about "interactive intelligence", where IT investments go beyond information archival. He demonstrated an EMR application that is currently piloted at Singapore General Hospital, where doctors need only to click on an icon in the e-healthcare record to access internationally-recognized evidence-based medical databases such as OVID and Cochrane Collaboration. Doctors and nurses can gain more information on a particular illness and be guided to find the right treatment by gaining instant access to these reference sites while attending to a patient.

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