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Singapore’s Khoo Teck Puat Hospital leads in healthcare IT

Anuradha Shukla | Oct. 17, 2011
Wins regional award for IT-enabled faster, safer, hassle-free patient care.

Singapore's Khoo Teck Puat Hospital has been recognised as a leader in healthcare-IT in the region's public sector.

The healthcare facility has won a top regional IT award, FutureGov - Healthcare Organisation of the Year, for its 'IT-enabled faster, safer, hassle-free patient care'.

Khoo Teck Puat Hospital opened the 550-bed acute-care hospital in 2010.

Before 'going live' with the facilities, the hospital's management worked closely with Integrated Health Information Systems (IHiS) to design and implement its IT infrastructure and applications.

This collaboration ensured that the hospital staff could best leverage IT to transform patient care.

"The award benchmarks the hospital as a leader in healthcare-IT in the region's public sector," said Dr Chong Yoke Sin, chief executive officer of IHiS, which manages IT systems at all Singapore public hospitals. "When planning the hospital's IT systems, we chose some of the best innovative systems piloted at the various hospitals. KTPH today is a brilliant showcase for how IT can transform patient care."

IT-driven innovations

Organised by FutureGov magazine, the FutureGov - Healthcare Organisation of the Year award celebrates the best public sector IT-driven innovations in the Asia Pacific region.

The hospital uses an integrated Electronic Medical Records system, which combines all patient data on a common platform. As that is instantly accessible online by doctors and healthcare staff, they can quickly view and share patients' complete medical information to provide timely, safer, quality care.

The hospital also uses an innovative electronic signal board system for its Acute & Emergency Care Centre that gives healthcare staff real-time visualisation of the activity level, patient waiting times, and treatment progress.

"The close relationship and commitment of the IT and hospital staff to use technology to bring patient care to the next level has enabled us to achieve outstanding results," said Alvin Ong, KTPH's chief information officer. "This was despite our having to accelerate the systems roll-out for the hospital's opening three months ahead of schedule."

 

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