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Alexandra Health wins UN public service award

Alexandra Health System (AHS) has become the first public healthcare system to win a United Nations Public Service Award for its Ageing-In-Place (AIP) Programme.

SINGAPORE: Alexandra Health System (AHS) has become the first public healthcare system to win a United Nations Public Service Award for its Ageing-In-Place (AIP) Programme.

AHS, which manages Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH), competed against 704 nominations from 80 member states, said a news release from KTPH on Thursday.

The AIP Programme identifies patients with three or more hospital admissions within six months. Hospital staff then visit the patients at home to review their unmet needs, and customise care plans with them to better manage their conditions with appropriate interventions.

KTPH said the effectiveness of the AIP Programme has been "better than anticipated".

Three years since it began, the readmission rate was reduced from an average of 3.5 admissions to 1.2 times per patient -- an improvement of 67 per cent.

Of the 400 patients under the AIP Programme, 47 per cent of them did not come back to the hospital after intervention, which translates to hospital beds savings.

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