COVID-19: The Challenges of Keeping Adult Care Homes Safe

The recent news of the MINDSville@Napiri COVID-19 cluster is a stark reminder of the vulnerability of residential care centers during this pandemic. This is not the first outbreak to occur at an adult care home in Singapore. Last year, cases were found in nursing homes such as Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home and Orange …

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Nursing homes bars visitors who were at TTSH, tighten Covid-19 measures to protect residents

SINGAPORE – Nursing homes are raising their guards against Covid-19. This follows the increase in community cases, including a nursing home resident testing positive after being discharged from Tan Tock Seng Hospital, where a cluster has been detected. She tested positive on April 29, a day after being discharged to United Medicare Centre (Toa Payoh) …

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MOH to license telemedicine in mid-2022

Telemedicine services have increased significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic, with more patients opting for virtual visits to doctors, especially for minor illnesses. As part of the phasing in of the upcoming Healthcare Services Act, the Ministry of Health aims to license telemedicine services in the middle of 2022. As part of the transitioning process prior …

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Singapore: Healthcare Professionals in High Demand

Nursing professionals are in high demand – it is the top PMET position unfilled for at least six months. According to CNA, employers shared that they face fierce competition from other prospective employers and some positions were hard to fill due to workers’ preference for more regular work arrangements. With the healthcare sector being expected …

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CNA: As population ages, Government committed to ensuring affordable, quality healthcare: DPM Heng

SINGAPORE: As Singapore’s population ages, the Government remains committed to making sure citizens have access to affordable and quality healthcare, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said on Monday (Mar 29) as he marked Singapore General Hospital’s (SGH) bicentennial celebration. In his speech, Mr Heng said that the future of healthcare in Singapore will be …

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The Straits Times: Most health professionals feel unprepared to give palliative care, survey finds – 26 March 2021

SINGAPORE: Most healthcare professionals in Singapore feel unprepared to provide palliative care for patients with life-threatening illnesses, a survey found yesterday. But more are becoming aware of the importance of this field, which focuses on relieving pain and improving quality of life for the seriously ill or dying. A Singapore Hospice Council survey of 2,326 …

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IHiS team swiftly added Covid-19 pandemic features in new IT system

SINGAPORE: Initially intended to be a 12-month long project, a team from the Integrated Health Information Systems (IHiS) quickly added Covid-19 pandemic features into its new IT system in about 4 months, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic situation. The C3 system at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) enabled the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) …

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Supporting development and career progression of nurses (Singapore)

From this year, enrolled nurses who performed well in their Institute of Technical Education (ITE) training can apply for shorter nursing diplomas to become registered nurses. The Diploma programme will be offered by Nanyang Polytechnic and Ngee Ann Polytechnic for ITE graduates with a grade point average of at least 3.5. The Ministry of Health …

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Security improvements to Singapore’s National Electronic Health Records to be done by this year

SINGAPORE: Most of the security enhancements to the National Electronic Health Records (NEHR) are expected to be completed within the year, Senior Minister of State for Health Janil Puthucheary said in Parliament during his ministry’s Committee of Supply debate on 5 Mar. Key Enabler During Covid-19 As a repository of patient summary records, the NEHR …

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Healthcare subsidies can only go so far; important to invest in technology in long run (Commentary)

The Singapore Government will be revamping its healthcare subsidy system to ensure that those who need financial help the most get more of it. This is heartening news as it would provide greater support for low-income families to improve their health outcomes. While increased subsidies make healthcare more affordable, it is also important to consider …

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