Mumbai: BMC hospitals and dispensaries to soon be connected online

Mumbai: BMC hospitals and dispensaries to soon be connected online 
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Lost your case paper, forgot your reports at home, cannot find appointment letters given by doctors. Do not worry anymore as doctors will be able to access your medical history with a click of a button. Read on to know more.

To reduce the difficulties faced by patients Nair Hospital has introduced the ‘hospital management information system.’

What is ‘hospital management information system?’

  • While making a case paper for the first time, provide all the required information regarding the patient. Upon this an independent barcode number will be given.
  • Patients must preserve and keep this barcode number.
  • With the help of the barcode, the doctor will be able obtain information on the patient.
  • If the patient removes a case paper at a certain peripheral hospital or dispensary and then later on go to another hospital for treatment, doctors will be able to receive their medical information online.

All municipal hospital will be part of this scheme, but in the first phase, Nair hospital along with five municipal dispensaries and five peripheral hospitals have been included.

Within a few days 300 municipal dispensaries  and 60 suburban hospitals will be connected through this scheme. It will no longer be necessary to remove a case paper each time or carry a file every time the patient visits the hospital for treatment.

Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Ramesh Bharmal, Dean, BYL Nair Hospital, said, “Every time a patient and their relatives visit a municipal hospital, they have to remove cases papers or travel with their medical file. Often, patients lose or misplace old documents. In such cases, doctors have difficulty treating patients who have come to the hospital after a long time. For this reason, Nair Hospital has started the ‘hospital management information system,’ it is the first hospital to introduce this system.”

In relation with this Dr Avinash Supe, Dean of KEM Hospital said, “This facility has started since February 01 at Nair Hospital. This will include five dispensaries and five peripheral hospitals, namely, Cooper Hospital, Bhabha Hospital (Bandra), V.N. Desai Hospital, Shatabdi Hospital (Kandivali) and Kasturba Hospital. In the future all work will be carried out online. Before starting this facility at Nair Hospital, doctors, nurses and paramedical staff were given adequate training.”