A/Prof Ong Biauw Chi
A/Prof Ong Biauw Chi is Senior Consultant at Singapore General Hospital Department of Anaesthesiology. She also serves as Visiting Consultant to Outram Campus institutions. She was the Head of Anaesthesiology, SGH from 2009 till 2014. She was Director of Patient Safety and Director of Clinical Governance till August 2015 for a period of 9 years, and has set up the Clinical Governance framework in Singapore General Hospital. She is actively involved in the Joint Commission International process and organizes and promotes quality improvement, safety and peer review in the hospital. A/Prof Ong has spearheaded and been involved in various Clinical Practice Improvement Projects and has won several awards in this area. She is also appointed Chairman Medical Board, Sengkang Health.
She teaches and trains undergraduates and postgraduate trainees with teaching appointments as Clinical Associate Professor with the Faculty of Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and Associate Professor, Duke-NUS Medical School. In these roles, she is also involved in teaching patient safety and clinical quality. She was awarded the Public Administration Silver Medal in the National Day Awards, 2013 and the National Medical Excellence award for National Outstanding Clinical Quality Activist in 2014.
She was co-chair of the SGH Quality & Risk Management Network since 2006 till 2014. She has overseen and supported quality initiatives, including clinical quality, service quality, major accreditation & certification programs in Singapore General Hospital such as the Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation. As a key member of the Hospital’s JCI taskforce, she is regularly invited to speak on JCI initiatives, patient safety, clinical governance and improvement processes around the region.
She held an appointment as Senior Consultant and Medical Advisor to the Ministry of Health’s Clinical Quality Branch till 2011. She has also been appointed to the Strategic Advisory Committee for quality improvement in the intermediate and long term care sector by the Agency for Integrated Care.
Prof Ong is a member of the Specialist Training Committee for Anaesthesia, now Residency Advisory Committee, Ministry of Health, Singapore and chairs the Examinations committee for Anaesthesia Examinations in Singapore. She has a special interest in cardiac anaesthesia and did her training in Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Children’s hospital 1994 to 1995.
Her current interests are in setting up the new Sengkang General Hospital, which is a public hospital with 1000 acute beds and 31 ORs and 400 Community hospital beds. It will be a teaching hospital although tertiary work like transplants, acute stroke and cardiac surgery will not be done here. Efficiency of patient flow through the system from the community to the hospital and back is one of the priority areas. Emergency preparedness is also an important area that is of concern in Singapore and all hospitals have to be ready for any incidents. Manpower and working with our related tertiary hospital to deliver seamless care will be the main challenge for our new hospital.