In May, Health Online, an online service provider for medical information and services, has launched a new telemedicine initiative for the citizens of Singapore. From within their homes, people now can get assistance from their family doctor for minor ailments through high-speed connection over the SingaporeOne online network. This was announced by the Singapore and Strait Times.
As a member of MediMedia International Group, Health Online has been founded to promote the use of Internet for medical purposes. The Web allows doctors and patients to have an easy access to health care information and is able to optimise health care delivery in general. The videoconferencing trial for telehomecare is the latest project of the Health Online team.
A few of the major goals of the Health Online organization are to integrate telemedicine and electronic commerce services into its network or intranet, and to adapt Health Online contents and technologies for the existing health care institutions. The test period for the telehomecare initiative ends on June 30th and will be evaluated afterwards.
Health Online has decided to drop the registration fee of S$5 during the two months of trial but people are charged instead for the time they spend online with their general practitioner. The Health Online telehomecare service is accessible at http://www.hol.com.sg.