Data collection for intensive care will now be standardised through a National Intensive Care Unit Registry (NICUR).
The Health Ministry has been working with the intensive care community from various hospitals to improve the understanding of care of patients in Intensive Care Units (ICUs).
Participating hospitals include National University Hospital, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Changi General Hospital, Singapore General Hospital and KK Women's and Children's Hospital.
A pilot phase of the registry was started last year and includes standardisation of ICU care data-set and data collection processes as well as a review and optimisation of hospitals' information systems. The findings of the pilot will lead to the development of a national set of ICU data.
Health Minister Gan Kim Yong announced the registry at the SG-Anzics Intensive Care Forum on Friday morning (Apr 24).
He said that given the relatively high mortality and costs associated with intensive care, it is important to improve understanding of the burden of critical illness in Singapore.
On the registry, he said: "These efforts will help us better understand the epidemiology, management and outcomes of the critically ill, as well as patient risk factors and outcomes.
"It should also facilitate improvement of the quality and continuity of care, better capacity planning and optimise resource utilisation. As critical illness can occur at various points in life and is generally associated with significant mortality and morbidity, we need the best people with the appropriate ICU facilities to achieve the best possible outcomes for our patients."
Mr Gan added that the training of people to be competent in all aspects of end-of-life care is just as important.