Monday, October 2, 2023

E-Hospital set up at Vijayawada GGH under pilot project ready for inauguration

Express News Service

VIJAYAWADA: The first e-Hospital in the State is ready to provide access to health records of patients from anywhere in India. The State government has selected the Government General Hospital in Vijayawada to implement the e-Hospital concept as a pilot project under the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission. Now, the e-Hospital is ready for inauguration.

Speaking to TNIE, GS Naveen Kumar, Special Secretary (Health and Family Welfare), said, “All blocks of the GGH and Old GGH, beds, specialities, labs, operation theatres, unit-wise and day-wise doctors’ mapping, ICUs, blood bank, diet module, linen module, Admissions, Discharges and Transfers (ADT) are mapped to generate Ayushman Bharat health accounts.”

The e-Hospital is provided with general and counter QR codes. People may use any Personal Health Records (PHR) app like ABHA (Ayushman Bharat Health Account) unique 14 digit health identification number or Aarogya Setu to share their demographic details with the hospital QR code to get a token number. As the QR code is generic, it can be used across the hospital.

Dr B Sowbhagya Lakshmi, Superintendent of GGH, said, “ABHA counters are set up in the super speciality block. For the first time in the State, a model reception counter for Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission, has been set up in an innovative way. The e-Hospital is now ready with ORS (Online Registration System). With the ORS, patients can take the online appointment for all specialities.”

Now, all the seven modules on the GGH campus have been updated into the e-Hospital. Now, patients need not carry any records physically.G Sashidhar, e-hospital facilitator, said, “Vijayawada GGH has a Facility Health Registry (FHR) and provision has been made for lab information services for lab reports, Radiology Information Service (RIS) for radiology procedure reports.  All the doctors have been permitted for the OP and IP modules. e-Pharmacy module works are yet to be completed. Radiology reports can be accessed by doctors from their consultation room through the Pacs system.”

Online Registration System mapping has also been completed. Now, patients can take appointments from anywhere in India. The QR code is also accessible with Paytm, he added.According to the GGH authorities, 80% of the data processing has been completed and installed in 80 computers in  all the departments of both old and new GGH campuses.

M Rama Krishna, e-hospital data administrator, said, “We have almost completed data installation and for smooth operation, there is a need for more than 40 systems. Manpower is also needed for data entry and inpatients registration. Now, 200 Mbps internet has been provided and there is a need for high-speed internet with 500 Mbps for the new systems.”

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