Updated on 30 May 2014
Illustration by Anil Babu
Asian countries face the challenge of wide demographics, resource accessibility and disruptive connection between healthcare providers and consumers. Setting examples to overcome the challenge through integration of smart healthcare in the ecosystem, Asian healthcare providers are able to provide seamless and faster solutions to patients. HIMSS Asia Pacific 2013, concluded in Singapore, recognized seven health IT projects developed and implemented by healthcare units in Asia that have brought a significant change in the way healthcare is delivered. The projects are:
Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd
Project: Apollo Prism, a Patient Engagement Platform (PEP)
Description: Lack of a patient-oriented Health IT system has led to lack of transparency, higher cost of care and non-scalable care delivery models. To address the issue, Apollo's Patient Engagement Platform (PEP), Apollo Prism, contains health information of the patients to enable seamless patient interactions via a single platform. Apollo Prism, accessible via web and mobile, utilises the Hospital Information Systems to feed and compile data during the patient care process. Apollo PRISM is used by two-and-a-half million patients and connects to 30 hospitals and 80 clinics in India.
With patient centricity at the core, Apollo Hospitals has continuously focused on initiatives that provide superior patient care and comfort. The Apollo Prism initiative helps in providing patients with secure and convenient access to their medical information, irrespective of their location across the world. Apollo Prism demonstrated that a robust medical record will encourage individuals to stay more engaged with their health and in turn, enhance clinical outcomes and reduce unnecessary costs.
Changi General Hospital & Integrated Health Information Systems
Project: Closed Loop Medication Management System (with QR coded sachets)
Description: Medication used in inpatient settings involves a complex series of inter-related processes involving order, review, supply and administration of medication. The Closed Loop Medication Management (CLMM) system with QR barcode medication verification at point-of-care eliminates the risk of incorrect medication serving as it blocks medication administration that does not match the doctor's prescription. The system also improves the efficiency of healthcare staff, giving them more time for quality patient care. Data from the system also provides clinical analytics to improve patient outcomes.
The CLMM system with QR code enables Changi General Hospital to deliver safer care through the administration of correct drugs and dosage to the right patient at the appropriate time. It has also substantially increased productivity and staff satisfaction by improving inventory management and enabling nurses with more time for direct patient care. Changi General Hospital is the first in Southeast Asia to use QR barcode technology for CLMM.
Prince of Wales Hospital, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Country: Hong Kong
Project: Security-Enhanced Mobile Imaging Distribution System (SEMIDS)