Workers at the National Cancer Centre pack treatment drugs

Workers at the National Cancer Centre pack treatment drugs

Cancer patients no longer have to wait indefinitely for their chemotherapy sessions. 

The Real-time Ambulatory Patient Information Deployment Enabler or Rapide system reduces waiting times and allows more chemotherapy patients to be treated. 

The system has allowed for 80 per cent of patients at the National Cancer Centre to be treated within the hour, a 20 percentage point increase. 

Patients and nurses wear RFID tags in the form of lanyards Readers around the centre pick up signals from these tags and pinpoint the locations of tag holders.

This data allows nurses and counter staff members real-time views of the occupancy of treatment beds and recliners.

First launched in October 2011, the system is now in its third phase, with a greater emphasis on treatment drugs preparation time and data compilation.

It's a joint initiative by the National Cancer Centre Singapore and the Health Ministry's IT arm - the Integrated Health Information Systems.