Singapore's Integrated Health Information Systems (IHiS) and Allscripts, a US-based healthcare software provider signed an agreement to set up a joint development centre.
The first of its kind in Singapore, the IHiS-Allscripts Technology Laboratory aims to develop IT solutions for the island nation's public hospitals.
It will be Allscripts' first laboratory in Southeast Asia, and its first joint facility in Asia dedicated to the collaborative development of healthcare IT. But it is not the first time that Allscripts have entered Singapore healthcare sector. The electronic medical records systems in Singapore General Hospital and KK Women's and Children's Hospital are built on Allscripts software.
The centre begins operations in April, and will be jointly funded and staffed by Allscripts and IHiS' IT developers, analysts and product designers. The jointly-developed solutions will be piloted and rolled out at the public healthcare institutions.
"The joint laboratory will enable local clinicians and IT professionals to work closely with international experts to create software that will integrate seamlessly with our hospitals' workflows and address our future healthcare challenges," said IHiS chief executive officer, Dr Chong Yoke Sin.
"After installing the core electronic medical records technologies at the hospitals, we are ready to accelerate the development of innovative applications to increase healthcare staff's productivity as they extend care to patients in community facilities and at home," added Chong.
"The lab will engage clinicians and healthcare providers across various care settings to accelerate delivery of leading edge solutions relevant to the healthcare processes and environment in the region," said Allscripts executive vice president for Solutions Development Organisation, Cliff Meltzer.
Under the agreement, Allscripts will train IHiS staff on its methodologies for software development, quality assurance, sustaining engineering and operational support.
In turn, IHiS will provide Allscripts access to clinical staff and resources for the definition, deployment and testing of software features and solutions.
The laboratory's team of solutions experts will work on enhancing medication management. Subsequent projects may include emergency, critical care and specialist mobility systems at hospitals, as well as interface software for robots to automate and speed up care processes. The joint team will also explore tele-health, mobile health and healthcare analytics solutions.
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