Health Ministry to improve blood—test procedures

Blood tests

SINGAPORE: Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said his ministry will continue to improve blood—taking procedures in hospitals or clinics to minimise inconvenience to patients and reduce wastage.

But he stressed that as test results of patients can be accessed online by healthcare professionals, blood tests are often not repeated unless it is required for monitoring of platelet levels in dengue patients or white blood cell counts in a cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy.

Mr Gan said that various healthcare institutions have already taken steps to curb duplicated tests, through the use of electronic medical records.

For one, the iSMART initiative at Tan Tock Seng Hospital allows nurses to track the blood tests that have been ordered by different clinical departments.

Mr Gan said the National Electronic Health Record system that is being rolled out nationally will enable doctors from different institutions, who are managing the patient, to see the patient’s results from blood investigations that have been performed before deciding when a repeat test is indicated.

— CNA/de