SINGAPORE - Paper Medical Certificates (MC) issued by SingHealth Institutions are expected to be replaced by Digital MCs by 2020 based on news from Government Technology Agency.
In 2017, there is around one million hardcopy MCs that were generated by SingHealth, Singapore's largest public healthcare party. SingHealth, which oversees several hospitals including the Changi and Sengkang general hospitals, generated one million hardcopy MCs in 2017. Most of the organisations also suffer administrative hassle like damaged or forged when keeping records of the submissions MC from employees.
In order to overcome this issue, a team from Open Government Products (OGP), a division of the Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech) has built a digital system call DigiMC for patients to receive digital MCs and plan to implement digital MCs by early 2020. The team wanted to create digital MCs that could be verified as true copies, be shared among healthcare providers, patients and employers, and be easily incorporated into a doctor’s existing workflow system.
A doctor can create the MC using an existing software interface, which then generates a URL, also known as a web address, that can be sent via Short Message Service (SMS) to the patient’s mobile phone.
The patient can access the MC by clicking on the URL. The SMS can also be forwarded to the patient’s employers. The SMS can be backed up on commercial cloud services for later reference, allowing it to be accessed perpetually.
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SINGAPORE - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat will unveil the annual Budget in Parliament on Tuesday, Feb 18, 2020.
The Ministry of Finance (MOF) announced the date in a statement on Wednesday (Jan 1).
Live television and radio coverage of the Budget will be available.
A live webcast will also be available on the Singapore Budget website, MOF said.
In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Mr Heng said that the Budget is a strategic financial plan to address near-term and long-term issues.
"Each Budget builds on past Budgets, and lays the groundwork for future Budgets. It also reflects our responsibilities as a nation, our hopes as a society and our priorities for our people," he wrote.
"As we come close to the end of a decade, Budget 2020 provides us with the opportunity to look back at Singapore’s progress, draw on key lessons and plan our future to take Singapore forward together."
MOF said that the ongoing public feedback exercise is set to conclude on Jan 10, 2020 and it thanked Singaporeans for giving their views through Government feedback agency Reach or various feedback sessions.
The public can still give feedback to the ministry through the Singapore Budget website at www.singaporebudget.gov.sg, the Reach Budget microsite at www.reach.gov.sg/budget2020and Reach's social media channels on Facebook and Instagram.