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Singapore public hospitals win technology awards

Jack Loo | Oct. 29, 2013
CGH’s RFID-based initiative and TTSH’s use of QR codes lauded for aiding patients, doctors, nurses and pharmacists.

IHiS CEO, Dr Chong Yoke Sin, said: "CGH is one of the first in Southeast Asia to use QR code technology for medication management. QR codes can contain more information, and thus provide more checks for the medication process".

QR codes can hold several hundred times more data than conventional barcodes. They can also be scanned from any angle, and be printed on very narrow spaces.

The CLMM system relieves nurses of administrative work in the medication process, improving their productivity. Pharmacy staff are able to view real-time drug consumption levels, and thus stock only what is needed.

With the system, CGH expects to reduce by half potential manual errors in medicine supply, and achieve 30 per cent cost savings in drug inventory. Data from the system also provides quality information for clinical analytics to improve patient outcomes.

 

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