02 May 2009
SHP sets up online network to share flu pandemic info with general practitioners
ChannelNewsAsia (5 Feb) reported that the SingHealth cluster of public healthcare institutions in Singapore has established an online network to act as a one-stop information resource on flu pandemics. Members of the PCC Network will be able to exchange information with health authorities. Network members include general practitioner (GP) clinics and dental clinics located near the nine SingHealth polyclinics in the eastern part of Singapore. A key objective of the PCC Network is to implement the Ministry of Health's flu pandemic plan, should there be a pandemic outbreak. In addition, the website also provides useful medical resources for doctors, such as bird flu clinic notices, a drug identification guide for elderly and illiterate patients, a doctor's clinical guidebook and a listing of GP clinics.
Mediacorp Channel 8 & Channel U (5 Feb) carried similar reports. In Channel 8, Dr Gilbert Tan, Director of SHP-Geylang shared that out of every 10 patients, more than 8 will visit their family doctors. This website will enable the exchange of critical clinical information between the polyclinics and the GPs. SHP also plans to put up collateral templates on avian flu so that GPs can have easy access to it. GP Dr Lee Yik Voon shared that for the website to be of use to the GPs, information must be timely. He said that GPs have always worked on their own, so having timely information at hand will enable them to take various precautionary measures to prevent further outbreak.