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The number of nursing homes which have applied for funding on productivity initiatives has increased by 20 per cent, compared to last year.
SINGAPORE: The number of nursing homes which have applied for funding on productivity initiatives under the Community Health Improvement & Productivity Scheme has increased by 20 per cent, compared to last year.
One such nursing home received S$75,000 in subsidies for its purchase of an inventory management system.
This is how the system works - when a particular item is out of stock, the staff simply takes the corresponding radio frequency identification (RFID) tag and inserts it into a reader. This then triggers an alert to the suppliers who will deliver what is needed.
Joshua Lee, assistant director for operations and facility planning at Ren Ci Hospital, said: "We are most worried about stocking up too much supplies, but we are also worried about stocking up too little.
"We used to have to manually count our stock, and that made the recording of our inventory a very difficult task."
Ren Ci said the money saved can be used to offset patients' fees.
Staff can now spend more time with patients as well.
The Agency for Integrated Care said it plans to introduce more of such technologies and systems for use in the long-term care sector.