First things first:
Wah-Sey, Hooray to Technology; Hooray to Transparency!
GOOD NEWS: Starting today, Singaporeans and Permanent Residents (PRs) will be able to access their public health records on web and on app!
Simply by using your SingPass accounts, you can get hospital discharge summaries, chronic disease laboratory test results, your children’s dental and immunisation records, and look up dates, times, and locations of upcoming medical appointments.
As a skeptical person with a middle-aged body and an over-analytical teenage mind, I got thinking:
Of its potential social repercussions. Some potential reactions, for instance…
“Wah Xian. The Insurance Company is going to know I’m a hypochondriac, Then premium sure go up…” – Henry Jin Kia See – The Hypochondriac
“Wah Lau Eh. My Parents are going to find out I wasn’t actually at the dentist…” – Skip-School Simon – The Pon-Tang King
“Wah Biang. Liddat my boss can immediately tabulate my MC collection to rate my performance… plus I cannot anyhowly say my mum is not feeling well again?!” – Emily Cee – The MC Queen
“Wah! Can my date google me and find out I got smelly feet? Asking for a friend” – Mr. Siang Gang Jiao – the one with disguised ailments
“Wah. Will potential employers be able to check on my private records? Will the gahmen be able to check on me? Will the PAP know I didn’t vote for them? OMG!!! Will my neighbours know everything about me? Will aliens realise I’m suitable and get in touch with me?” – PAP – Paranoid Android Paul
Just for laughs… we sincerely hope all of the above won’t be the case – but it doesn’t harm to consider more/other avenues of potential abuse – like what if it gets hacked, does it mean people will know which doctor I go to and my whereabouts, and my medical history, and my spending habits, etc. – The app is still in its early stages of course, and we applaud the effort. Its creators hope to add more features and information later on we hear, like push notifications to remind people of their upcoming appointments.
This letter was jointly submitted by Henry Jin Kia See, Skip School Simon, Emily Cee Queen, Mr. Siang Gang Jiao, and PAP, Paranoid Android Paul .