Head and Senior Consultant
Division of Infectious Diseases
University Medicine Cluster
National University Hospital
Department of Medicine
NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
An advocate for continuous improvement and clinical excellence, Associate Professor Dale Fisher dares to speak up and challenge traditional norms. He has voluntarily initiated numerous programmes to improve patient safety, increase access to care and enhance efficiency in NUH. Many of the programmes took years of dedicated perseverance in order to achieve sustained results.
As the chairman of the National University Hospital’s Infection Control Committee since 2006, A/Prof Fisher has been instrumental in leading NUH’s initiatives to drive down Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection rates. The project team successfully influenced change across the hospital decreasing the blood born infection rate from 0.25 to 0.11 per 1000 patient days, which equates to saving approximately 20 lives per year.
A/Prof Fisher was one of the first clinicians to lead a team of doctors and nurses to re-engineer processes using newly introduced lean management methods. His team successfully implemented several improvements that resulted in faster discharges for medical inpatients, and faster access to beds in the wards for EMD patients.
A/Prof Fisher’s other initiatives include setting up Hot Clinics, OPAT, visual Patient Progress Boards and Dengue Outpatient Monitoring. He also mentors a team of junior doctors to fight against hospital inefficiencies. Code named ‘JUICE’, this team has rolled out many new initiatives on their own.