The beauty of Singapore’s healthcare system is that it’s innovative on many fronts, particularly in terms of its payment model. Since patients are responsible for a portion of their healthcare, they have ownership over their care, and that in itself is very different from other countries. We are, however, very much focused on a reactive care model. When patients get sick, they have access to various diagnostic care and medications, but we are behind on the preventive care side.
There is a single electronic health record (EHR) in use across the whole country, which makes everything very well-tuned. One of the problems of the US healthcare system, for example, is that there are lots of different EHRs in use and they don’t necessarily talk to each other. In Singapore, any new program that a hospital wants to bring on board needs to be able to interface with a layer called Integrated Health Information Systems (IHiS), which allows EHRs across different hospitals to talk to each other.