MoH makes NEHR manda­tory in Sin­ga­pore

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The Min­istry of Health (MoH) in­tends to make it com­pul­sory for all health­care providers to up­load data to the Na­tional Elec­tronic Health Record (NEHR), from large hos­pi­tals all the way down to the neigh­bour­hood GP clinic. The main ob­jec­tive is to make sure that ev­ery as­pect of a per­son’s med­i­cal his­tory, in­clud­ing vis­its to doc­tors in the pri­vate sec­tor, chronic med­i­ca­tion, al­ler­gies and vac­ci­na­tion records, will be re­flected in these records. These plans come on the back of a slow take-up rate from pri­vate health­care providers in the six years since the NEHR was launched in 2011. Sin­ga­pore is one of the first coun­tries to have es­tab­lished such a com­pre­hen­sive sys­tem. The gov­ern­ment feels that the shar­ing of med­i­cal in­for­ma­tion in a na­tional elec­tronic repos­i­tory will make for more seam­less treat­ment and save money for pa­tients. The pro­posed changes will likely be tabled in Par­lia­ment next year. If ap­proved, health­care groups will be given a grace pe­riod of around three years to make the nec­es­sary prepa­ra­tions. MOH will be or­gan­is­ing work­shops for doc­tors to help them un­der­stand the new re­quire­ments.

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