Check health records on new portal

(Left) Anizah Abbas, 45, (Manager, Digital Marketing, Health Promotion Board) shows Health Minister Gan Kim Yong a new app that allows all Singaporeans to access their medical records online.
(Left) Anizah Abbas, 45, (Manager, Digital Marketing, Health Promotion Board) shows Health Minister Gan Kim Yong a new app that allows all Singaporeans to access their medical records online. ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

In a first, S'poreans and PRs can access poly and hospital information, test results, online

A portal launched yesterday will give Singaporeans and permanent residents online access to their health records at public hospitals and polyclinics for the first time.

Records available include public hospital discharge summaries and chronic disease laboratory test results from the past six months, as well as the dental and immunisation records of children.

People can also use it to look up the dates, times and locations of upcoming medical appointments, but not to make or change them.

Those who have undergone Integrated Health Screenings under the Health Promotion Board (HPB) may also look up their results there.

The new portal, called HealthHub, is available both on the Web at www.healthhub.sg and via a mobile application of the same name.

It draws information from public healthcare databases, including the National Electronic Healthcare Records and School Health System. To access their records, users must log in via their SingPass.

The portal was developed jointly by the Health Ministry and the HPB, and launched officially by Health Minister Gan Kim Yong at the Healthy Lifestyle Festival SG roadshow yesterday.

Mr Gan said that HealthHub's goal is to help make healthy living "as natural and effortless as possible" for all Singaporeans.

"Having convenient access to such information is a step towards helping you make decisions such as how you can take... better care of your health, and encourage your children to live a healthier lifestyle," he said.

The app is still in its early stages, and its developers hope to add more features and information later on.

These could include medication records or even notifications to remind people of appointments.

HealthHub users will be able to earn up to 300 points per month by sharing health-related articles from the portal on social media.

These points can be converted into NTUC LinkPoints, which can be used to offset grocery bills or redeem items.

Users of the mobile app can also redeem health-related deals, such as discounts on walking shoes, healthy food or exercise equipment, at selected stores.

Housewife Low Choon Luang, 42, said it would be helpful if the app gave users access to more family members' information, including that of elderly parents.

"It would be good if I can access my parents' details, as I take them to the polyclinic every three months for check-ups," she said.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 19, 2015, with the headline 'Check health records on new portal'. Print Edition | Subscribe