This initiative, called the Health Hub, looks quite promising. I wish it success.
SINGAPORE: Singaporeans will be able to access their key medical records and appointments with HealthHub, a portal which provides a range of health information and services.
At an early launch of the portal on Sunday (Oct 18), Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said HealthHub aims to provide Singaporeans with easy access to a range of localised health and wellness information to encourage the adoption of healthy lifestyle habits.
"Through HealthHub, you can access your hospital discharge summary, lab test results for chronic diseases, and future medical appointments with the various public healthcare institutions, all at one location," said Mr Gan.
"You can also access immunisation records, dental health records as well as referral letters of your children. This means you can be more aware of your health status and that of your children's. Having convenient access to such information is a step towards helping you make decisions such as how you can take better control and better care of your health and encourage your children to lead a healthier lifestyle."
Singaporeans can access their health records using their SingPass login.
HealthHub users can also earn and accumulate Healthpoints by sharing health articles, events and apps read through social media. These Healthpoints can be converted to rewards such as NTUC LinkPoints, which can be used to offset grocery bills, redeem vouchers and other deals offered by participating partners.
Some lauded the initiative.
"Sometimes when kids get checked up in the school, they may not come back and tell what's happening," said Padmanabhan Jumbunathan, 45. "At least we can go into this portal and check what their results are."
Others gave suggestions on how the portal could be improved.
"If it can be a whole family portal, it will be good as well because then I can access my husband's details as well as my parents," said 42-year-old Low Choon Luang, a housewife. "I need to take my parents to the polyclinics every three months for regular checks, so I think it is good that this information is also available for me, so that at any time I can check on the information and see whether there is any improvement in my mum's health as well."
The Health Ministry said the portal will be continuously enhanced over the next few years to incorporate features such as patient medication lists and push notifications.
The ministry said the portal was made possible by consolidating information from public healthcare institutions. Information is also drawn from a number of IT systems, including the National Electronic Healthcare Record and National Immunisation registry. It added that the digitisation of medical records is an ongoing effort and will take sometime to complete.
HealthHub can be accessed at www.healthhub.sg and can also be downloaded as an application on mobile phones through the Apple App store and Google Play Store.