Managing knowledge integration in a national health-care crisis: lessons learned from combating SARS in Singapore

Paul Raj Devadoss, Shan Ling Pan, Shreyan Singh

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Abstract

The outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome is the first severe and readily transmissible disease to emerge in the 21st century. Often one new infection meant tracing of several people to monitor their health conditions as well. In Singapore, several agencies coordinated their efforts to quickly bring the outbreak under control. The current breed of health-care information systems (HCIS) was not sufficient to handle new information-sharing needs during the crisis. In this paper, we take a look at the measures taken during the crisis in Singapore through a knowledge integration perspective. This perspective reveals interesting implications for HCIS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)266-275
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine
Volume9
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2005

Keywords

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Case Management
  • Contact Tracing
  • Delivery of Health Care/organization & administration
  • Disease Outbreaks
  • Humans
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome/epidemiology
  • Singapore
  • Systems Integration

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