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Singapore to have a nationwide EHR system

Anuradha Shukla | Sept. 30, 2011
Nation’s healthcare organisations in the final stage of their technological journey.

Singapore is nearing its goal to have a nationwide Electronic Health Record (EHR) system, according to IDC Health Insights' latest study, "Health Insights Country Report for Singapore."

Healthcare organisations have reached this milestone due to the Singapore government's focus on the creation of healthcare clusters, cost containment, and achieving semantic interoperability between the various service providers and their disparate information systems.

International Data Corporation (IDC), a provider of market intelligence, notes that this initiative is in line with the Singapore e-Government Masterplan 2011 - 2015 (eGOV15).

Once this initiative is completed, hospitals in Singapore are expected to enjoy several benefits such as achieving clinical excellence, stakeholder satisfaction, operational integration, and business efficiency.

"In view of the Singapore government's emphasis on integrated care and cost containment, ICT services, such as data standardisation and integration, and performance efficiency through analytics, should be the focus of IT vendors serving Singapore's healthcare providers," said Sash Mukherjee, senior market analyst, IDC Health Insights Asia/Pacific.

"Similar to the Accenture-led consortium which won the Australian contract based on their performance in the Singapore healthcare setting, vendors can benefit immensely from their presence in Singapore."

Foundation for advanced functionalities

IDC report indicates that the first phase of the National Electronic Health Record (NEHR) project has made way to the implementation of advanced functionalities.

The government's role as the dominant healthcare provider will enable it to influence healthcare provision, including the private sector.

This initiative will give a boost to medical tourism in Singapore that has developed a reputation for being a centre of medical excellence and is expected to grow tremendously next year.

 

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