NTFGH’s lessons behind Singapore’s first HIMSS EMRAM Stage 7 revalidation

In November 2020, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH), a 700-bed hospital located in Jurong East in Singapore under the National University Health System (NUHS) cluster, successfully revalidated their EMRAM Stage 7 achievement by HIMSS.

The successful revalidation is the first for Singapore’s healthcare system – it is also the first revalidation to be done virtually in the APAC region since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and the first revalidation at Stage 7 under the revised EMRAM criteria, which was updated in 2018.

However, the three-day virtual revalidation also came with its fair share of challenges, both from technical and execution standpoints. Healthcare IT News spoke to Dr Gamaliel Tan, Group CMIO, NUHS, as he shared insights behind NTFGH’s journey towards a successful (virtual) EMRAM Stage 7 revalidation. 

Preparation for revalidation

The preparation for EMRAM Stage 7 for NTFGH began in early 2019, when the hospital had to seek funding from Jurong Health’s management, Dr Tan explained. From a technical standpoint, preparations included:

  • Configuring the EMR system for bar coded collection of blood specimens in the wards (new to HIMSS EMRAM 2018)
     
  • Writing a new report for the compliance bar coded blood specimen collection and re-running reports for

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