With the aim to upgrade medical treatment and other facilities in state-run medical colleges, the government, in association with National Informatics Center (NIC) and Abdul Kalam Technical University (AKTU), launched a patient centric e-hospital system. The first phase of the scheme lunched on Saturday will cover government medical colleges at Agra, Allahabad, Gorakhpur, Jhansi, Kanpur, Meerut, and the Institute of Cardiology, Kanpur and JK Cancer Institute at Kanpur. After formally launching the scheme in Lucknow on Saturday, Medical Education Minister Ashutosh Tandon said the e-hospital scheme would immensely benefit research in medical science as data on new diseases and trends and the line of treatment and medicines would be available on it. “e-hospital information system has been launched in government medical colleges for the first time and in the first phase the scheme will be implemented in six medical colleges and will also cover outdoor patient department (OPD) revisit registration, on-line registration system, OPD registration, patient admission, patient transfer bed relocation, discharge, service posting, death certificate and billing,” the minister said.
Tandon said that the e-hospital system was a web-based portal which would provide different facilities to patients under 20 modules. “At the time of registration, patients will be given a unique identification number (UID) and their on-line medical history will be taken into consideration for their treatment. The portal will also serve helpful for research in medical science as important data on diseases and treatment will be readily available to the scholars and help them to develop new techniques for treatment, Tandon said. For the portal, 150-km-long fiber cable network has been laid in six medical colleges and two medical institutes and a local network has been created with six hub rooms. Of the 150-km cable network, 50-km is under ground. The cable network has been laid to link hospital buildings in medical colleges, residences of doctors and hostels of students. For local network, 490 computers and 299 printers have been installed. The network will be managed by 66 data executives and eight senior support executives. – Daily Pioneer