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Digital Push for Healthcare

The state health and family welfare department has decided to introduce a new digital health scheme for patients in an attempt to improve healthcare infrastructure and services at various units. As part of the new scheme, which is likely to roll out by the end of August, officials will make attempts to improve information technology infrastructure in the state-run hospital – including introduction of telemedicine, new application and digitisation of the patients’ records, among others. “We have prepared the modalities and related reports for the new scheme and sent it to the state finance department for appraisal. A meeting has been called on next Friday to discuss the new scheme. It is likely to be approved there and will be introduced shortly,” said a health and family welfare department official.

Sources said an e-hospital system would come up under this scheme where all the data of the patients would be recorded and maintained on an unified online platform. Besides, the patients’ registration in the outpatient department will also be done online using the e-hospital system. Moreover, an integrated disease surveillance app will be launched for the officials. It will monitor various kinds of disease outbreaks from a single platform, and steps will be taken accordingly to control the spread. Another application for the citizens will also be launched for getting appointment for doctors at the hospitals. Besides the telemedicine system, which is available only in major healthcare units such as Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar, Ispat General Hospital in Rourkela and three medical colleges and hospitals in Cuttack, Sambalpur and Berhampur, will be extended to other district headquarters hospitals in the state.

“It is a good move to introduce such services in the sector. We will not have to visit the hospitals in person to get the appointment but get it online. Our records will also remain online, which will help the doctors as well as us in our consecutive visits,” said Vikrant Jena, a patient’s attendant at Capital Hospital. In the scheme, there are also plans to launch a smartphone app, using which people will be able to get the information on the doctors and their timings, besides availability of beds and other provisions in a hospital. The app will also be equipped to provide information on various diseases. – Telegraph India