Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Patients key in, docs SMS back

The increasingly mobile and Internet-savvy Singaporean of tomorrow will also be an "expert patient" when it comes to healthcare, according to a team of doctors and nurses at SingHealth. That is why the healthcare group is launching Telecare, a programme that will allow chronically-ill patients to use the Web and text messages to confidentially transmit their medical information and health status to their doctors. The first of its kind in Singapore, the programme will be launched next month. Pregnant women suffering from gestational diabetes will be the first to try it out. After the one-month trial, Telecare will be extended to women with pregnancy-induced hypertension, peritoneal dialysis patients and chronic heart patients. "The crux of the issue is timing. A patient comes to the hospital and by then, changes in their condition have already occurred and we have to catch up.

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