The Singapore-based philantrophic organisation Lien Foundation announced on Tuesday (March 26, 2013) that it was embarking on an IT initiative that would raise the level of healthcare for the elderly in the island-state significantly in the years to come. Called IngoT II, the system to come out of this initiative would directly impact the operations of seven VWO (voluntary welfare organisation) nursing homes and facilities in Singapore, namely: Peacehaven Nursing home, Peacehaven Bedok Multi-Service Centre, Man Fut Tong Nursing Home, Ling Kwang Home for Senior Citizens, Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital, Ren Ci Nursing Home and St Joseph's Home.
According to representatives of the Lien Foundation, the S$2 million (US$1.61 million) system will be hosted on a cloud, and offer an integrated mobility solution for doctors and nurses with these organisations. When completed, they said, it "will boost eldercare for one in five nursing beds in Singapore."
Lien Foundation CEO Lee Poh Wah said at the time of the IngoT II announcement that productivity across these VWO facilities was the primary objective. "Nursing homes today face intense demands for their services in an environment of capacity constraint and manpower crunch," he said. "Structural reforms and productivity growth are needed to meet escalating demands and increasing expectations for quality care. IngoT II is a ground-up IT initiative, designed with scale and best practices in mind, to help nursing homes improve productivity, safety, communication and coordination across care teams."
IngoT II as the name suggests, is the second in a series of key IT initiatives by the Lien Foundation. The first was IngoT, which saw to the provision of a S$3.5-million (US$2.82-million) enterprise resource planning system to 10 healthcare non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Singapore. IngoT was launched in 2007 and "enhanced productivity, patient care and corporate governance" at the NGOs, said Lien Foundation representatives, who now intend to bring "that experience into the nursing home sector by empowering a group of seven nursing homes with cloud computing power and mobility solutions through IngoT II."
"IngoT II's collective power on [the] cloud and consolidated resources enables the group to enjoy lower cost[s] of IT ownership and maintenance as well as better connectivity with their respective partners and health agencies," they went on to say in their statement to the press. "To date, the project's solution architect and developer, PulseSync Pte Ltd has successfully rolled out IngoT II for Peacehaven Nursing Home and Peacehaven Bedok Multi-Service Centre. IngoT II will be fully implemented in Man Fut Tong Nursing Home by April this year and rolled out in the rest of the consortium by first quarter [of] 2014."
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