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Singapore EH Alliance wins Integrated Care IT Architecture Award

T.C. Seow | July 26, 2012
Eastern Health Alliance's innovative IT system has clinched a prestigious global IT architecture award, beating organisations from US, Denmark, Germany and India.

Integrated Health Information Systems (IHiS), the IT arm of the Singapore's Ministry of Health, has won the Enterprise & IT Architecture Excellence Award for Healthcare at Bangalore, India.

The award recognises IHiS's integrated care architecture blueprint that enables high interoperability with other healthcare providers' systems.

The IT architecture blueprint streamlines workflows and the seamless integration of data from multiple sources including remote health monitoring devices and patient relationship management systems. This enables caregivers' sustained monitoring of the patient beyond his clinic visits and hospital stays.

Attended by 250 top management professionals, the event was organised by iCMG, a global enterprise & IT architecture firm, to honour IT architects' ground-breaking work in creating successful and enduring systems and enterprises.

The awards saw 345 entries from 27 countries for 15 categories.

IHiS chief executive officer, Dr Chong Yoke Sin, said the IT architecture optimises the IT systems' capabilities to help deliver effective care that meets the patient's needs across various care facilities in the community, in a coordinated manner.

She added: "The scalable and flexible IT infrastructure enables easy collaboration between EH Alliance and nursing homes, community hospitals, and other care providers in eastern Singapore. It offers the patient more convenient and affordable care, as authorised caregivers at different care settings can instantly access the patient's medical records to provide appropriate medical support."

EH Alliance has deployed the patient relationship management system in integrated care schemes such as the Health Management Unit. It reflects patients' medical condition, history and appointments, enabling nurse tele-carers to provide timely advice to patients on managing their long-term conditions to live healthily in the community.

Selina Seah, chief operating officer for development at Changi General Hospital, a key EH Alliance member, said: "We want to build a firm foundation that can help us deliver reliable, high-performing and inter-operable systems that are patient-centric, and can enable quality care, collaboration and research. This foundation allows us to scale the end-to-end clinical journey of the patients, allowing for a virtual system to build in the near future."

EH Alliance's IT architecture roadmaps its journey over the next three years to build a highly integrated system across various care settings to meet its vision of community-based quality healthcare delivered to the right patient in the right care setting at the most appropriate cost.

This approach is strategic as Singapore faces one of the world's fastest ageing populations, with triple the people 65 years and above by 2030, or 960,000 people from 350,000 today.

The cluster's IT architecture will play a significant role in supporting a limited pool of healthcare staff cope with the impending surge in the elderly with chronic disease, and improve patient care outside hospitals.

The IHiS was also a winner of CIO Awards 2012.


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