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Information of Medical Staff to be Digitised

Service records of about 35,000 people working in 95 medical institutions across the State, including 19 State-run medical colleges and their hospitals, are set to go digital.

Published: 17th January 2014 08:08 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th January 2014 08:08 AM   |  A+A-

Service records of about 35,000 people working in 95 medical institutions across the State, including 19 State-run medical colleges and their hospitals, are set to go digital. The process would cover everyone under the Directorate of Medical Education (DME), including doctors, paramedics, hospital workers and others in government service.

This is part of the Health Management Information System (HMIS), which is funded by both the State government and World Bank.

Officials at the DME said the database would include basic details like name, age, sex, permanent address, qualifications and service details like date of joining, promotions along with the medical list number to maintain seniority of the staff members.

“Till now, we have separate registers for each employee. It is not only hard to maintain the record but equally tough to retrieve. The records were always at a risk of damage. Digitising makes it easy to maintain and retrieve,” said Dr V Kanagasabai, DME (in charge).

Apart from computerising employee information, the database of over 40,000 students under 59 different parameters gathered during their admissions to the respective government medical colleges would be linked to the network. 

Officials said HMIS applications - with software solutions provided by TCS - mainly have two parts: Health Management System that encompasses patient services, including registration of a patient, diagnosis, disposables and other hospital related services; and the HMIS, which will have data on trends in diseases that would help in policy making to address the issues.

The project is already being implemented in primary health centres, secondary care hospitals and tertiary hospitals in phases.



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