Tomorrow’s Medicine brings you highlights from the SingHealth Quality & Innovation Day: Building a Better Tomorrow – Transforming Patient Care, 12 February 2015 at Academia.

Videos have become an important part of our social lives. What used to be a tightly wound schedule of TV networks is now a fluid, on-demand and crowd-produced content.

The lack of rigidity and censorship has brought about much bane to over-obsessive corporations hoping to keep things “in-check”, but beyond the red tape and policies is uncharted for healthcare safety and quality improvement.

Prof Dirk de Korne, Deputy Director of Health Innovation at SNEC has been studying the use of video recording for educational purposes at SNEC. Like in the airline industry, he thinks the use of black box technology in the context of healthcare could be invaluable.

“The video recording shows us the difference between the lines of reality and the sought-after golden standard,” he explains.

Using the example of a video recording of an overseas teaching session, where the mentor had to take over from a resident during a procedure, Dr de Korne was able to illustrate the real-world implications of video recording on medical learning.

“Many things happen during a procedure, and both student and teacher might not be in the right frame of mind to process the lesson. Being able to review the tape afterwards allows better teaching and retention,” he elaborates.

Closer to home, Dr Mae Mok Un Sam, Consultant at the SGH Department of Anaesthesiology, has been able to enhance her teaching from the use of video recording. She has found that her students become more attentive and are able to learn more during discussion sessions as they review the tape.

“It’s not just for the bad instances either. With the video review, I am able to praise and reward good behaviour as well,” she added.

Video recordings have also played a large part in directly improving patient care, as Dr Nausheen Edwin, Consultant at SGH Department of Emergency Medicine, shared. The consultant at SGH’s Department of Emergency Medicine was able to increase the efficiency of mechanical devices used to perform CPR on patients.

A study initiated and support by video recordings of actual emergency footage showed that mechanical devices were not effective during the first five minutes of the resuscitation process, and prompted the emergency medicine team to conduct training and review processes in order to increase efficiency and patient safety.

With technological advanced in video capture and the decreased cost of storage, it may seem that video recording for the healthcare industry is viable way forward to improving quality of care, education and for sparking off research.