Sengkang General Hospital taps tech for contact tracing even before Covid-19 arrival

Sengkang General Hospital's Real-Time Locating System works by tracing cards issued to hospital staff and wristband devices worn by patients.
Sengkang General Hospital's Real-Time Locating System works by tracing cards issued to hospital staff and wristband devices worn by patients.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Sengkang General Hospital’s contact tracing team at work.
Sengkang General Hospital’s contact tracing team at work.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

SINGAPORE - Even before the Covid-19 pandemic hit and contact tracing became the norm in Singapore, Sengkang General Hospital (SKH) was already on the trail of people who came in close contact with those who had infectious diseases such as chicken pox and tuberculosis.

But instead of using Bluetooth tech like the Government's TraceTogether tool, SKH has been using a mix of radio-frequency identification (RFID) and Wi-Fi.

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