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Shining Bright:
Dr Colin Ong Wins Silver at Singapore Health and Biomedical Congress 2023!

Our heartiest congratulations to Dr Colin Ong, Senior Consultant in Emergency Medicine, for his remarkable achievement at the annual Singapore Health and Biomedical Congress 2023. He received the prestigious 'Silver' award in the 'Singapore Clinician Investigator' category, which highlighted his outstanding contributions and dedication to healthcare and research.

JHCMoments - Article - SHBC2023 - Clinical Investigator Award (Silver - Dr Colin Ng) (1).p

The Case Management for At-Risk patients in the Emergency Department (CARED) programme, initiated in April 2021 by Dr Colin Ong, Senior Consultant, Emergency Medicine and Ms Kamala Velu, Assistant Nurse Clinician, Emergency Medicine, was a response to the critical bed shortage and Emergency Department overcrowding during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.


The programme, designed to appropriately place frail and older patients and those returning to the Emergency Department within 30 days of hospital discharge, encompassed three key elements:

  • Early identification of at-risk patients

  • Geriatric assessments in the ED

  • Multidisciplinary case management


Collaborating with the Quality, Innovation and Improvement (QII) Department in both Quality Improvement and Health Services Research, the team secured funding from JurongHealth Fund to enhance and assess the programme's effectiveness in reducing hospital (re-)admissions and ED re-attendances. Dr Ong presented the programme's successful outcomes at the recent Singapore Health and Biomedical Congress in October 2023, earning him the prestigious Singapore Clinician Investigator Award (Silver) for his outstanding research.

Thank you Dr Ong and all staff who contributed to this programme!

Emergency Medicine 

- Dr Colin Ong, Senior Consultant

- Kamala Velu, Assistant Nurse Clinician

- Charlene Lim, Senior Staff Nurse

- Nurhaslindah Yahya, Staff Nurse

- Ng Kai Xin, Senior Assistant Manager

Quality, Innovation and Improvement

- Christine Wu, Assistant Director

- Joanne Yap, Data Analyst

- Wesley Teo, Assistant Manager

- Nadiah Aswen, Assistant Manager

- Ng Yan Jun, Lead Process & Innovation Specialist

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