Minister for Health Mr. Gan Kim Yong made the official opening of the National Center Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) in Singapore last week. NCID provides clinical services, public health functions, outbreak training, public education and community engagement in outbreak readiness all in one package to allow an inclusive and integrated approach to countering infectious disease threats.
NCID is situated at HealthCity Novena and forms a 14-story, 330-bed purpose-built facility set up by the Ministry of Health to improve infectious disease outbreak control and public health preparedness for the nation.
A pilot of a Real-Time Location System (RTLS), which is anticipated to roll out at the end of 2019, is one of the ways NCID uses healthcare technology to increase its capacity. For speedy and reliable contact tracing, the RTLS will help track patients, visitors, staff in an outbreak which will in turn help in taking necessary actions to prevent any further transmission.
The hand hygiene compliance of healthcare workers will also be notified and control as part of the RTLS, as it is essential for the control of infections in a healthcare environment. Furthermore, the RTLS will assist in asset tracking, easing the process of locating and recalling main equipment like beds and wheelchairs during an outbreak.
THE LARGER TREND
Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), situated near NCID, is planning to launch a Command, Control and Communications (C3) scheme to efficiently manage resources, support operational choices, optimize patient flow and react effectively to ground conditions, it announced this year in May.
ON THE RECORD
Professor Leo Yee Sin, NCID’s Executive Director in a statement shared that In just a few months since they relocated to NCID, the new and improved outbreak facilities, the ongoing striving for excellence in care delivery, the knowledge of their employees as well as the inclusion of NCID’s clinical and public health features to manage an infectious disease outbreak have been tested.