To shift care beyond the hospital to the community, national Telehealth pilots are being progressively rolled out across Singapore.
The initiatives seek to trial its effectiveness in various use cases, and bring patients greater convenience, enhance patient access to healthcare services,
enable proactive monitoring, and optimise manpower and resources. These Telehealth initiatives are: Smart Health Video Consultation, Smart Health TeleRehab, and Smart Health Vital Signs Monitoring.
Such initiatives enable patients to receive care in convenient locations of their choice. Patients can also receive more timely advice and intervention to manage their conditions. It may also reduce caregiver burden and empower individuals to take an active role in their health.
Integrated Health Information Systems (IHiS), the health technology agency for Singapore, has put in place national IT platforms and is working with various public and private healthcare institutions to pilot the telehealth platforms and telehealth services.
Smart Health Vital Signs Monitoring
Smart Health Vital Signs Monitoring (VSM) will enable the remote monitoring of vital signs such as the blood pressure, blood glucose, or weight of patients with conditions such as hypertension, diabetes,
and heart or pulmonary diseases. Patients can in turn receive more timely advice and intervention to manage their conditions, reducing unplanned visits to the Specialist Outpatient Clinics or Emergency Department.
As a whole, the use of VSM can enable more regular monitoring, improve patient management and reduce hospital visits and readmissions.