Healthcare Call-for-Collaboration project is an initiative by MOH, the IDA and The Enterprise Challenge(TEC) under the Prime Minister's Office. It was issued on 4 October 2007, inviting healthcare institutions and infocomm partners to form consortia to achitect, develop and trial innovative solutions to improve efficency in the healthcare system and for better clinical care quality.
A S$3 million investment over two years from 2008 to 2010 will be provided to support approved projects. This project is also built on IDA's masterplan iN2015 in order for infocomm adoption and capitalism to improve general healthcare quality and efficiency.
Fig 1.1 Bedside Companion & Mobile Physician
The CFC aims to encourage the ICT industry and the healthcare institutions to jointly develop viable innovative healthcare products and solutions that will improve healthcare quality and efficiency. Hence, it would focus on mainly three aspects:
a. Deliver safer care by enhancing medication safety, reducing healthcare associated infections, improving communication among healthcare practitioners during patient handovers and ensuring right site procedures (e.g. right implant and right patient).
b. Enhance quality of care by providing care the patient needs according to best medical science and evidence available today (e.g. timely information to support decision making), improving the continuity of care and reducing reworks (e.g. readmission, repeat procedures, etc).
c. Achieve greater efficiency in healthcare operations by facilitating re-engineering of workflows and simplification and standardisation of processes. (1)
As with the large potential that comes with the success of Healthcare Call-for-Collaboration projects, there are many challenges that IDA faces in the implementation of these new technologies, one of which is the limitations of current technology. As Mr Ho Khai Leng, IT director of the National Healthcare group points out, capturing data in the healthcare context is not straightforward. "How do you capture X-ray images so that you can share them across the hospitals?" He questioned. (2)
In addition, with the developments in ICT, to ensure a supply of skilled healthcare infocomm workers and improving public willingness to adopt infocomm for accessing healthcare services would pose a problem.(3) In a country with aging-population such as Singapore, this problem would be critical as we notice from the statistics that the older population are still receptive in these technologies. (Statstics!!)
3.1 Public sector
A public briefing was held on 17 October 2007, where the Agencies shared more infomation on this CFC with interested parties. The public healthcare clusters (NHG and Singhealth) also presented their ICT development roadmap at the briefing.(4)
3.2 Private sector
A networking session was held on 29 October 2007 to allow ICT product and solution providers to come together to forge collaboration so as to brainstorm and develop innovative healthcare solutions. A total of 36 companies attending this networking session which includes, Advantech Co Singapore Pte Ltd, I2R(A*Star), Oracle Corporation of Singapore, Sun Microsystems Pte Ltd, and SingTel Telecommunications Ltd. (1)
Topic of disccusion includes implementation of databases for medical records, ICT usage in wards, e-payment, and security.
4. Project Awarded
On top of the 12 projects awwarded in the healthcare CFC 2005, this time round, 7 consortia were selected to trial innovative infocomm solutions out of the 27 proposal recieved when it closed on 31 January 2008.
Project title: (5)
1. Intelligent OT Dashboard System
2. Improving Door-to-Balloon times in Patients
3. Integrated Children mental Wellness System
6. Quality through unique Electronic Structured template
7. Healthcare X-Change Portal
5. See also
6. External Links
[1105sgict:1] Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore. (2008, June 20).IDA Singapore - Programmes - Healthcare Call-for-Collaboration. Retrieved October 15, 2008, from www.ida.gov.sg: http://www.ida.gov.sg/Programmes/20060419114315.aspx?getPagetype=34
[1105sgict:2] INFOCOMM SINGAPORE. (n.d.). Infocomm Singapore Portal. Retrieved from singaporeinfocomm.sg: http://singaporeinfocomm.sg/isg/index.php/web/ict_landscape/healthcare_biomedical_sciences
[1105sgict:3] SingHealth. (2007, February 27). Singapore Health Services - Coming soon to a hospital near you (ST Digital Life, 27 February 2007)- Telecare, a home monitoring system, will use IT to bring health care to you. LIM YEE HUNG reports. Retrieved November 8, 2008, from www.singhealth.com.sg: http://www.singhealth.com.sg/Newsroom/NewsReports/2007/20070227_futureHospital_ST.htm
[1105sgict:4] INFOCOMM DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE. (2008, June). FSHealthcareCFCAward.pdf. Retrieved October 14, 2008, from Improving Quality and Efficiency of Healthcare Through Infocomm: http://www.ida.gov.sg/doc/News%20and%20Events/News_and_Events_Level2/20080617152602/FSHealthcareCFCAward.pdf