Mumbai : The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has launched an initiative to start a health care system that will permanently do away with collecting case papers and standing in long queues for hours. This computerised method of registration will be implemented in every civic hospital to identify a patient and match the individual to the right medical record. A tender for this scheme will be floated soon.

Often, multiple patients with the same first and the last name come at the same time to the hospital. The authorities feel, this new registration system will solve such problems in future. Dr Suhasani Nagda, Dean of the doctors association said, “Each patient has to register online and then will be given a unique identity code number which which will be fast, safe and reliable method to help properly identify patients when they enter their code number in the health care system. This will also prevent their misidentification.”

She added, “If the patient is being shifted from one civic hospital to another, this system will prove to be most effective and data will be processed before the patient reaches any new hospital. This will enable to examine and give treatment to the patient well ahead.”

There are instances when the patient tends to lose the case paper or Xays which creates a problem for the patient as well as the doctor to diagnose them. This system will ensure that the patient is secured and their privacy will be maintained.

KEM hospital Dean, Dr. Shubhangi Parkar added, “This data will also help us find the collective data about the patient who would be suffering from multiple problems from a very long time. This would help in reducing potential delays in treatment and/or medical errors. This will also reduce the chances of duplication. The patients can check their medical records online.”

Nagda added, “We have invited tenders from various software companies like Wipro, TCS and a detailed study will be carried out whether to take a ready made software or should a new software created because this entire procedure will be carried out on a larger scale.”

“The process will take another six months for selecting a tender which we will adopt or customise and I am very confident that this would work out.” she said.

Sachin Unhalekar

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