Follow us on Twitter      |   Join us on    

Healthcare IT

First phase of Singapore National EHR goes live

After months of system implementation and user acceptance testing, the first phase of Singapore’s US$144 million National Electronic Health Record system (NEHR) went live last Saturday (30 April).


View photos

A copy of the summary information from different hospitals will be held at a central repository, while links and pointers will be provided should care providers require more details information, stored under different care providers’ own systems.

The contract was awarded to a consortium comprising of Accenture, Oracle and Orion Health on 25 June 2010. The first phase implementation is expected to last until June 2012.

“We believed and we still believe that off the shelf projects have moved along and we could actually move to the market with a number of solutions which together can deliver an integrated national electronic health record,” Dr Sarah Muttitt, CIO of Ministry of Health Holdings (MOHH), told FutureGov Asia Pacific.

MOHH is the corporate arm of Singapore’s health ministry, managing all the public sector care providers in the island state. It also owns Integrated Health Information Systems, a company which manages all the public health IT centrally.

The holding company also owns Agency for Integrated Care (AIC), which is tasked to “smooth the transition of patients from one care setting to another”.

Singapore’s public healthcare system had been divided into two clusters until quite recently. With the two taking different paths in electronic medical record systems, the country rolled out EMR eXchange (EMRX), a system allowing public hospitals to exchange inpatient discharge summaries electronically, in 2004. Other patient information including medication data, radiology reports and laboratory tests were later included in the EMRX.

Singapore’s public sector healthcare has recently been reshuffled from the original two clusters to five; and the current division of clusters is region-based, allowing best collaboration and sharing of services.

MOHH has recently awarded the contract for the general practitioners clinical information management and electronic medical record system to SingTel. About 50 general practitioners will be equipped with a standardised IT system during the first phase of implementation.

“Our Health Minister is very particular on delivering healthcare in a different way,” Muttitt told FutureGov Asia Pacific.

According to Muttitt, with the introduction and enforcement of international standards, ‘ability to exchange data globally when that comes to reality’ has also been embedded in the design and implementation of NEHR.

Many healthcare stakeholders in Singapore whom FutureGov Asia Pacific has spoken to referred to NEHR as “MOHH’s project”. In response to that, Muttitt said education and engagement will be strengthened; however with so many stakeholders on board, this will be a long process.

Asked about how similar projects could be undertaken in larger economies (Singapore has a population of only five million), Muttitt says while leadership, governance and engagement are vital, continuous investment is also indispensable for the success of any EHR project.

“Unfortunately this kind of stuff does not come cheap,” she noted.

Rate this article


On 4 May 2011 Ken wrote:

That's a lot of money to spend just to store summaries and links You would think you get more functions for $144M USD.

On 18 June 2012 free binaural beats download wrote:

If you would like meditation, why not sit quietly inside a room without having TV as well as
music, for a short while each morning. Simply inhale,
with little brown eyes closed, body calm. Just really feel.
And take advantage of the peace and quiet.

On 10 September 2012 classified ads job wrote:

Pretty! This was an incredibly wonderful post.
Thank you for providing these details.

On 14 September 2012 coupons and vouchers 2012 wrote:

I am sure this paragraph has touched all the internet users, its really really nice
paragraph on building up new weblog.

On 27 October 2012 v2 cigs best flavor wrote:

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on egovernment. Regards

On 28 October 2012 fragrance Shop wrote:

With havin so much content and articles do you ever run into any problems of
plagorism or copyright violation? My website has a lot of
completely unique content I've either written myself or outsourced but it looks like a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my authorization. Do you know any solutions to help prevent content from being stolen? I'd
truly appreciate it.

On 29 October 2012 Sheena wrote:

I'm gone to inform my little brother, that he should also pay a quick visit this website on regular basis to obtain updated from most recent gossip.

On 30 October 2012 times day wrote:

Your writing form is beautiful, you have a innovative style.

On 31 October 2012 diet solution isabel wrote:

Don’t be in a race to lose 15 to 20 pounds per week you will sacrifice or lose muscle mass instead of fat.
Whatever your prospecting and marketing process is, be it a one on one presentation, a sizzle
call, a video, a conference call and your prospect is at the point where they want to start
their business marketing the product, Jim then asks
them if they are serious about the aspect in themselves
that the product will help them with, in their lives. More confident Often we hear that
people who have managed to lose weight, say that
they can mange to do anything they set their mind to now.
Well, this is one membership you definitely don’t need, especially when you are having takeaways or eating out.
As an example there will always be distributors who contact their sponsors and state that they are having difficulty in
getting people to buy their product and join the network marketing of the product.

On 14 November 2012 car racing betting wrote:

Hi there Dear, are you in fact visiting this web site on a regular basis, if so afterward you will without doubt get pleasant experience.

On 21 November 2012 Noemi wrote:

Right here is the right site for everyone who wishes to find out about
this topic. You know a whole lot its almost hard to argue with you (not that
I personally would want to…HaHa). You definitely put a fresh
spin on a subject that has been discussed for ages. Wonderful stuff, just great!

On 29 December 2012 famous quotes on depression wrote:

Hi there outstanding blog! Does running a blog like this
take a great deal of work? I have no expertise in computer programming however I
was hoping to start my own blog in the near future.
Anyways, should you have any recommendations or tips for new blog
owners please share. I understand this is off topic nevertheless I simply needed to
ask. Thank you!

On 7 January 2013 Nestor wrote:

I have been exploring for a bit for any high quality articles or

weblog posts in this kind of area . Exploring in Yahoo I finally stumbled upon this web site.
Studying this info So i am

happy to express that I have a very

excellent uncanny feeling I discovered exactly what I needed.
I most

no doubt will

make certain to don’t fail to remember this site and provides it
a glance regularly.

On 9 January 2013 wrote:

After I originally commented I clicked the -Notify me when
new comments are added-

checkbox and now each time a remark is added I get four emails with the same comment.

Is there any way you can take away me

from that service? Thanks!

On 9 January 2013 wrote:

hello there and thank you for your info - I have definitely picked up

something new from right here. I did however expertise
some technical points using this site, since I experienced to reload the
website many times previous

to I could get it to load properly. I had been wondering
if your web host is OK? Not that

I am complaining, but slow loading instances times will very frequently affect your

placement in google and could damage your high-quality score if advertising and

marketing with Adwords. Anyway I’m adding this RSS to
my e-mail and can look out for

much more of your respective fascinating content.
Make sure you update

this again very soon..

Add your comment

Most highly rated

Better learning with web 2.0 and virtual worlds

In a visit to Ngee Ann Secondary School yesterday (22 July), FutureGov found students deeply ...

Artificial Intelligence Tools to be Used in Singapore Schools

The Infocomm Development Authority and Ministry of Education of Singapore have initiated plans to introduce ...

Students take a green stance with social media

Ngee Ann Secondary School’s students are on a bid to “change the world” with ...