National Centre for Infectious Diseases uses RTLS to boost capabilities


The National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) was officially opened today by Minister for Health Mr Gan Kim Yong. NCID houses clinical services, public health functions, outbreak training, public education and community engagement in outbreak readiness under one roof to enable a comprehensive and integrated approach to handling infectious disease threats.


To boost its capabilities, NCID is tapping the use of a Real-Time Location System (RTLS) which is expected to be rolled out at the end of this year to:

a) Enable the tracking of patients, visitors and staff in an outbreak, for rapid and reliable contact tracing so that necessary actions can be taken quickly to curb onward transmission;

b) Alert and monitor hand hygiene compliance of healthcare workers which is key to infection control in a healthcare setting; and

c) Facilitate asset tracking, making it easy to locate and recall key equipment like beds and wheelchairs in the event of a surge situation or an outbreak.

“The new and enhanced outbreak facilities, the continuous strive for excellence in care delivery, the expertise of our staff as well as the integration of clinical and public health functions of NCID to handle an infectious disease outbreak were put to the test in just a few short months since we moved to NCID. We will continue to strengthen our readiness to respond to an outbreak through the training of healthcare workers and to harness technologies in keeping the people of Singapore safe from infectious diseases,” said Professor Leo Yee Sin, NCID’s Executive Director.

The NCID Official Opening was attended by more than 150 guests from healthcare institutions and research institutes.

Other news sources:

New infectious diseases centre to have real-time location tracking | Video
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New infectious disease centre tracks everyone in the building in case of outbreak, by Linette Lai | The Straits Times | 7 September 2019.

New infectious diseases centre to have real-time location tracking, by Cindy Co | Channel News Asia | 7 September 2019

NCID strengthens national capabilities, capacities and expertise to respond to infectious disease outbreaks | NCID Media Release

国家传染病中心用新技术 更快确认哪些人须隔离 | 文/黄小芳 | 联合早报 | 发布/2019年9月7日

国家传染病中心 实时定位系统 准确追踪曾与病患接触者 | 8 视界 | 2019年9月7日 发布

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