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IT systems of upcoming Singapore hospitals clinch technology architecture award

Jack Loo | Sept. 20, 2013
The facilities Ng Teng Fong General Hospital and Jurong Community Hospital will be completed in December 2014 and June 2015.

The planned IT blueprint for two upcoming public hospitals in Singapore has won the Enterprise & IT Architecture Excellence Award for Healthcare category at Architecture World conference in Bangalore, India.

The awards recognise IT architects' work in creating viable systems for their organisations to thrive. The contest saw entries from chief information officers and IT architects from 27 countries for 15 award categories.

The two facilities Ng Teng Fong General Hospital and Jurong Community Hospital fall under the Singapore government's administrative arm for the Jurong region, Jurong Health Services (JurongHealth). The hospitals are scheduled for completion in Dec 2014 and June 2015.

Designed by Integrated Health Information Systems (IHiS), the Singapore Health Ministry's IT arm, and JurongHealth, the enterprise architecture provides a roadmap for JurongHealth to leverage technology to achieve its vision to deliver seamless, integrated care for the community.

The opportunity to build two hospitals from ground up has allowed the planners to design a seamless environment for patients, hospital staff and partners, according to JurongHealth's Chief Operating Officer, Joanne Yap.

"Backed by an intelligent IT system, we aim to go 'four-less' - paper-less, film-less, chart-less and script-less, in our drive to better integrate care and resources," said Yap.

The IT architecture will have one central record for all patient data, one unified queue to serve patients at hospital touch points, and one consolidated bill for patients, explained Yap.

"This will significantly reduce stress and hassle for patients and their caregivers. For staff, this will definitely add to better collaboration, improved productivity and efficiency with seamless sharing of information between doctors, patients and other healthcare providers for improved medical outcomes," said Yap.

JurongHealth and IHiS have also planned the enterprise architecture with flexible and robust IT solutions to enable easier future enhancements and adding of new solutions. The IT team's competencies will also be systematically developed to support the planned transformations.

"JurongHealth's enterprise architecture will shape its current and future IT landscape to transform and achieve quality care across its healthcare institutions," said Dr Chong Yoke Sin, CEO, IHiS.

"The technology roadmap prioritises JurongHealth's IT systems and resources to its vision, and aligns IT efforts to integrate disparate systems and achieve synergies and economies of scale," added Chong. 


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