It was reported that 80% of Singaporeans visit private GPs instead of polyclinics under primary care. With an
As not all patients could express their medical histories comprehensively, the NEHR is intended to help all healthcare professionals provide safer care by cutting down duplicate tests and saving more medical costs for patients.
Depending on the nature of health service, doctors will be required to submit only a summary record of patient medical histories, including the patients’ demographics, allergies, number of visits, diagnosis, prescribed medications, laboratory reports, discharge summary, where applicable.
Data from old records and doctors’ personal case notes of every consultation will not be required.
NEHR enables a more accurate diagnosisHealth Minister
“Patients can only
“Patients will benefit from when their doctors and care teams are able to access their key medical history when necessary and, work across settings to provide them with coordinated, holistic and safer care. This is particularly important during emergencies,” he highlighted.
"The information from NEHR enables me to make a more accurate diagnosis, and ensures my prescription does not interfere with their medical condition or medication they are on," commented
Concerns relating to data privacy
However, since the introduction of NEHR, various concerns were raised over
The authorities have asserted that doctors will only have access to their treating patients’ data, and not others who are not directly under their care.
Besides that, anyone who wishes to access to patients’ records for reasons other than medical care will need to get patients’ consent,
Patients may choose to opt-outNonetheless, patients may “opt out” of the NEHR. As such, patients’ health records will not be accessible by healthcare professionals – however, their data will still be updated into the system in case of future opt-ins.
Before making this decision, patients are required to undergo
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