SINGAPORE – The majority of Singapore doctors (87 percent) believe that the quality of patient care, throughout the healthcare system, has improved because of the use of electronic medical records (EMR), according to an annual survey by Accenture (NYSE:ACN). The eight-country survey of 3,700 doctors in Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Singapore, Spain and the United States showed that Singapore doctors are increasingly using healthcare IT to improve treatment and diagnosis, as well as to reduce administrative tasks, thereby improving productivity.
Singapore doctors are increasingly digital
Amongst the eight countries surveyed, Singapore doctors reported the greatest increase (75 percent) in routine ordering of lab requests electronically. Also, almost half (49 percent) of Singapore physicians routinely access clinical data about patients seen by different health organisations and routinely use e-Prescribing.
Compared to 2011, the proportion of Singapore doctors who reported that their organisations routinely use electronic tools to reduce administrative tasks has increased 50 percent in 2012, the highest increase in the survey.
The U.S. and Singapore had the greatest increase (34 percent and 27 percent respectively) in the number of physicians who routinely enter patient notes electronically, during or after consultations, surpassing the other six countries.