Singapore will introduce a new bill mandating all healthcare providers in the country to contribute to the national electronic health record system (NEHR). Launched in 2011, the system was developed to create a central database from which clinical summary records from different providers could be stored and shared to facilitate the delivery of healthcare. Government unveils a new scheme, investing up to S$150 million over five years, to use artificial intelligence to resolve challenges affecting society and sets up data science consortium to drive the sector. Touting the maxim "one patient, one health record", the database is owned by the Ministry of Health and managed by its agency Integrated Health Information Systems (IHIS). Data contribution currently is voluntary for private healthcare licensees and the ministry, over the years, has been encouraging all providers to participate.
Earlier this year a report by the King's Fund highlighted the tremendous difficulties startups have in scaling up their technologies in the healthcare sector. It cited things such as a lack of appetite for change and insufficient resources to scale up successful pilots as key factors holding back innovation in the sector. Such conclusions are not new however, with many shared with previous reports on the topic. For instance, the King's Fund report follows on from the Accelerated Access Review, which was designed to speed up the introduction of technologies and innovations into the NHS. Many of the recommendations from that are shared with the King's Fund report, as they are with another report from the Health Foundation.
Every new day comes with significant changes and advancements in technology and human needs; as such marketing strategies have to be revised constantly, especially in the healthcare and life sciences industry that is ever experiencing regulatory changes. These changes or advancements as they are called, contribute to the recent dynamics that have seen an urgent need for innovative and improved relations with consumers across the healthcare sector. If engagements with healthcare consumers are to improve, there is a need to implement Salesforce in healthcare and life sciences institutions. Salesforce improves the core foundations of health care services, leading to satisfied patients and their care providers. One of the longest-standing marketing rules is that the customer comes first.
Ride-hailing services took a beating during the pandemic as stay-in-place restrictions kept business muted. Yet, Lyft is taking some of the lessons learned from the past year to build on its ties with the healthcare sector. Starting today, the company is introducing a feature that lets patients access medical rides directly through the Lyft app. The "Lyft Pass for Healthcare" service is designed to streamline the process of arranging a trip to the doctors via a health plan or social services organization, such as Medicaid and Medicare. Lyft says patients currently have to trawl through an arduous process to book transportation to their appointment, including phoning a call center up to 72 hours in advance to arrange a ride.
The human body contains nearly 150tr gigabytes of information. That's the equivalent of 75bn fully-loaded 16GB Apple iPads, which would fill the entire area of Wembley Stadium to the brim 41 times. Imagine collecting that kind of data for an entire population. The problem is that most of that information gets wasted through the cracks in our healthcare ecosystem. The existing healthcare systems work in isolation all the way from birth till death.