Online health portal HealthHub to be upgraded by end of year

The HealthHub portal has allowed people to keep track of their medical records online since its launch in October last year. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM HEALTHHUB WEBSITE
The HealthHub portal has allowed people to keep track of their medical records online since its launch in October last year. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM HEALTHHUB WEBSITE

SINGAPORE - Online health portal HealthHub will get an upgrade by the end of this year, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong on Friday (May 20) morning.

He did not give details, but said that some people have been asking for their children to have access to their medical records, for example.

The portal has allowed people to keep track of their medical records online since its launch in October last year.

Speaking at the National Health IT Summit, which was held at the Singapore Expo, Mr Gan also said that technology will make Singapore's healthcare system better and smarter.

This includes helping people keep closer tabs on their own health, as well as linking up healthcare institutions at different levels.

Speaking on Singapore's battle against diabetes, Mr Gan said: "We intend to fight and win this war by better connecting our troops and sharing information."

"To strengthen connectedness, care providers across all settings need to be digitised to enable information flow."

Friday also saw the presentation of the National Health IT Excellence Awards, which honour innovative IT projects that have helped to improve care.

Winners included a programme to provide better eye screening for diabetic patients, as well as efforts to improve appointment bookings and reduce waiting times at polyclinics.