Nationwide Electronic Health Record System Launched in Singapore

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Accenture and MOH Holdings Singapore recently launched one of the world’s first national electronic health record (NEHR) systems. The NEHR, aligned to Singapore’s One Patient, One Record vision, enables clinicians to access a single patient health record across the healthcare continuum.

The NEHR information scope covers patients’ medical data, including patient demographics, diagnosis, medications, tests, procedures and discharge summaries. When a patient visits providers, which include primary care clinics, acute and community hospitals, healthcare professionals will be able to access a single patient record for medical information.

“Our goal is for all Singapore health organizations to have real-time clinical information for treating patients,” said Sarah Muttitt, Chief Information Officer of MOH Holdings. “This milestone represents a significant step towards achieving our vision.”

“The NEHR will enable insight driven health through the timely access to holistic patient information,” said John Vidas, who leads Accenture’s health business in Asia Pacific. “Singapore’s vision, leadership and innovation will establish standards and best practices for other regions to follow.”

The Singapore NEHR go-live is the first phase of the effort and was deployed in 10 months. The NEHR is designed to improve the quality of healthcare for citizens, lower the costs of health services, and promote more effective health policies. Patients also benefit from proper right-sited care, disease management and cost savings, as duplicate or unnecessary tests are eliminated and medication errors are reduced.

The Accenture team includes Oracle, Orion Health, Initiate (IBM) and Hewlett-Packard.

Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 215,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries.

MOH Holdings (MOHH) is the holding company of Singapore’s public healthcare institutions. It oversees and nurtures the development of Singapore’s public healthcare system, ensuring that good and affordable basic medical services are available to Singaporeans.