Smart mapping technology has extended its reach to now benefit hospitals.
For instance, the medical staff at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) in Singapore is leveraging the Geographic Information System (GIS) technology from Esri Singapore to map and analyse medical and demographic data. This enables decision makers to "better understand the health patterns of patients and embark on the design of appropriate healthcare services," said Michael Leow, TTSH's director for operations.
The move to implement smart mapping technology is part of the National Healthcare Group's (NHG) efforts to improve the quality of patient care by moving towards an integrated and patient-centric Regional Health System.
Besides that, the technology will help NHG address a key challenge concerning frequent hospital admitters. Leow explained that healthcare group will be using the GIS technology to conduct spatial analysis on frequent hospital admitters to understand their demographic profile, housing type, diseases type, and proximity to other healthcare providers. NHG will then use those findings and work with its network of community partners to "proactively provide these patients with holistic support". By doing so, NHG hopes to "reduce avoidable hospital admissions and Accident and Emergency visits" from frequent admitters.
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