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Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and National Heart Centre Singapore Achieve HIMSS Analytics EMRAM Stage 6 Award

Singapore, (September 10, 2014) - HIMSS Analytics Asia Pacific announced today that Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) and National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS) have achieved HIMSS EMRAM Stage 6, an international benchmark for the use of advanced IT to improve patient care.

The award places both KTPH and NHCS among a select group of world-class healthcare facilities that have successfully deployed a high level of health IT to significantly improve quality of care and patient safety.

HIMSS Analytics developed the EMR Adoption Modelsm in 2005 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics® Database. Tracking their progress on an 8-stage scale (0-7), hospitals can review implementation and utilization of IT applications. Stage 7, the highest stage, represents presence of an advanced electronic patient record, paperless environment and capability for community healthcare information exchange.

Reaching Stage 6 is a result of focus, good direction and a steadfast commitment from leadership. Stage 6 institutions have established clear goals for improving safety, minimizing errors, and prioritizing IT implementations.

Mr Jeremy Bonfini, Vice President, HIMSS International said: "At Q2 2014, only 3.1 per cent of hospitals in Asia Pacific tracked by HIMSS have Stage 6 or 7 capabilities. Across US, Canada, Europe, Asia Pacific and Middle East, just 12.9 per cent of over 8274 hospitals have achieved these benchmarks."

KTPH has enhanced the benefits of its Electronic Medical Records system by creating integrated dashboards to give its nurses quick real time views of patients' medication, investigation orders and results.

KTPH Chief Executive Officer, Mrs Chew Kwee Tiang, said: "Technology is an enabler to help KTPH enhance information flow and work processes in order to deliver efficient patient care.

"For a public hospital like ours, it is also essential to have ‘thinking people', who will keep looking at continuous improvements, to achieve our philosophy of giving a hassle-free experience for our patients and their loved ones."

NHCS doctors now make their clinical notes electronically and these are synchronised with online test reports and digital imaging scans to form the patient's complete medical profile. Inpatient wards at NHCS have also upgraded their medication dispensing systems to include automated cabinets and carts which help nurses quickly pick the right drugs for patients.

Adjunct Associate Professor Lim Soo Teik, NHCS Deputy Medical Director and Director for Medical Informatics, said: "HIMSS Stage 6 recognises our major transformation into a digital heart hospital that is increasingly paper-less, film-less, chart-less and script-less.

"The effective integration of technology in the various areas of NHCS care delivery and day-to-day operations has enhanced patient safety, convenience and comfort. A key initiative was the massive digitisation of pen-and-paper medical records for all our heart patients."

"We have also further developed our medical records system to provide clinical documentation for doctors and nurses to more easily share their qualitative notes."

IHiS Chief Executive Officer, Dr Chong Yoke Sin, said: "The HIMSS Stage 6 award recognises KTPH, NHCS and IHiS' focused efforts to transform into digital, paper-less institutions that will substantially improve patient safety, care quality and operational efficiencies."

"IHiS' earlier experience in helping five hospitals attain HIMSS Stage 6 has enabled us to support KTPH and NHCS accelerate achievement of the global benchmark for better patient safety and care."

KTPH, NHCS and IHiS will be officially recognised for their achievement at HIMSS AsiaPac14 - Digital Healthcare Week (http://himssasiapac.org/14/) in Singapore, from 15 to 18 September 2014.

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For more information, please contact:

Mr. Sukhjit Singh
Manager, Marketing and Strategic Relations
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About HIMSS Analytics Asia Pacific

HIMSS Analytics Asia Pacific collects, analyses and distributes essential health IT data related to products, costs, metrics, trends and purchase decisions. It delivers quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organisations, IT companies, governmental entities, financial, pharmaceutical and consulting companies. www.himssanalyticsasia.org

HIMSS Analytics Asia Pacific is a part of HIMSS WorldWide, a cause-based global enterprise that produces health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS WorldWide encompasses more than 52,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organisations across the globe, plus over 600 corporations and 250 not-for-profit partner organisations, that share the cause of transforming health and healthcare through the best use of IT. HIMSS WorldWide, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the US, Europe and Asia.

About Alexandra Health System (AHS)

Alexandra Health System (AHS) offers multi-disciplinary and holistic care for the patient’s total well-being. Established on 1 April 2008, Alexandra Health is a new healthcare cluster in the north that currently manages the 590-bed Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.

As part of an integrated healthcare system to serve the community in the region, Alexandra Health will build and oversee the Yishun Community Hospital, the new Admiralty Medical Centre in the Kampung Admiralty integrated development, and the Woodlands Integrated Healthcare Campus (WIHC).

The community hospital will be operational in end December 2015 whilst the medical centre and WIHC will be ready in 2017 and progressively in 2022.

About National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS)

The National Heart Centre Singapore is a 185-bed national and regional referral centre for cardiovascular diseases. It provides one-stop comprehensive preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitative cardiac services for heart patients.

Each year, NHCS handles over 110,000 outpatient consultations, 7,000 interventional and surgical procedures and 10,000 inpatients. Its outcomes for heart attack treatment, balloon angioplasty with stenting and coronary bypass surgery have been shown to be equivalent to international standards.

NHCS is the first heart centre outside USA and in Asia to receive the prestigious Joint Commission International (JCI) since 2005, which is an assurance for safe and quality patient care for the patients.

About Integrated Health Information Systems (IHiS)

IHiS is a healthcare-IT leader, transforming patient care through excellence in technology. Managing highly integrated systems across Singapore’s public healthcare sector, its IT professionals support about 40,000 healthcare staff at all public hospitals, national specialty centres and polyclinics.

IHiS architects and oversees the performance of the clinical, business and healthcare analytics systems of the healthcare institutions. It played a key role in six Singapore hospitals becoming among the first public institutions in the Asia Pacific region to achieve HIMSS EMRAM Stage 6, an international benchmark for advanced technology used to in patient care.

IHiS is at the forefront of innovation, driving new standards in quality care. www.ihis.com.sg

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