Medical AI Advances Help Improve Singapore Care

AI-driven programs are resulting in faster, more accurate and less expensive healthcare. But it also allows for better care from less burdened healthcare workers. Singapore’s National University Health or NUH, has developed programs that provide instant patient records, according to an article in by writer Cheryl Groh.

Patients can skip a long wait to see a doctor just by looking into a camera. A facial recognition device matches patients to medical and personal data, speeding up the process. A text message will tell the patient which consultation room to head to, and the medical bill could even be sent directly to the patient’s home or email address.

“A lot of time is needed to pull out-patient data, collate it, review it, and then decide what to do. With artificial intelligence, we can have tools which can be automated to pull out and collate data and present them in ways which make it much easier for health professionals to make decisions for patients,” said Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, who is executive director at the Ministry of Health’s Office for Healthcare Transformation.

Now command centers for various industrial operations are nothing new, but the Command Center for NUH produces a single source of patient diagnosis, treatment and prognosis as well as billing the patient or their insurance company all in one digital footprint that can be shared instantly anywhere in the NUH system.

Command centreCommand centreEach patient is represented by a concentric circle, which contains information such as a patient’s age, medical condition, medication, length of stay, ward class and even a breakdown of hospital fees. Doctors just need to pull up the patient’s circle to gain instant access to the data.

If your local healthcare options are still a little behind the folks in Singapore, don’t fret. It will be coming to American hospitals and doctor’s office soon.