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Singapore making strides in healthcare IT adoption: Accenture

Anushkar Mohinani | March 6, 2012
Study also shows more progress is needed.

The growth of healthcare technology in Singapore is progressing in primary and secondary care, according to a new study from Accenture.

The company gathered information on characteristics of healthcare IT across eight countries – Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Singapore, Spain and the United States – through 160 interviews with health leaders and an online survey with 3,727 physicians.

According to the findings, about 31 per cent of primary physicians in Singapore use advanced clinical decision support while seeing patients to aid treatment and diagnostic decisions, compared to a 23 percent average in the other countries.

Fifty-three percent of Singapore doctors in secondary care reported that they electronically enter patient notes either during or after consultation, compared to an average of 46 percent in the other countries.

Thirty-two percent of Singapore doctors reported that they receive electronic alerts and reminders while seeing patients, which is in line with the global survey average.

The study, however, revealed that more work is needed to translate Singapore’s rapid adoption of healthcare IT to regular use among physicians.

According to the survey, 38 per cent use electronic tools such as e-scheduling or e-billing to reduce the administrative burden for delivering healthcare, which is lower than the survey average of 57 per cent.


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