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Kolhapur Municipal Corporation to implement e-governance in medical facilities soon – Farewell to traditional recordkeeping methods

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Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC) aims to connect all the hospitals through an online server to monitor the number of patients admitted, details of the patients, etc.

To connect all the hospitals and dispensaries and to keep online records of the patients admitted, medicines required and management of the staff, the Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC) authority is going to implement e-governance in its hospitals and dispensaries soon.

Overview

  • Aims to connect all the hospitals through an online server to monitor the number of patients admitted, details of the patients, treatment given, availability of the staff and medicine stock.
  • Part of the KMC’s ‘smart governance projects’.
  • Model and financial requirements to be finalised by higher authorities.
  • Cost of the project may spike to Rs 2 crore if both inpatient and outpatient components are covered.
  • Post finalisation, the KMC will appoint a consultant to draft the project report and tender the work.
  • The project is most likely to be outsourced to private firms to avoid any financial burden.

Key Measures Undertaken

  • The officials of the health department of the KMC visited the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) to study the e-hospital system developed at its hospitals, particularly in the Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital in Pimpri-Chinchwad.
  • Studied the two systems involved in the e-hospital mode, one is for inpatients and other is for outpatients based on the departments in the hospitals. The system employed for outpatients is costly, while for the inpatients is an online system that can be developed at the lowest cost.
  • Submitted the report regarding both the systems
  • Requested higher authorities to start the e-hospital system first on the pilot basis at Savitribai Phule general hospital as it has large turnout of patients and adequate skilled staff to handle the new system.

Key Takeaways – e-Hospital System

  • Despite investing over 8 crore annually to manage the two large hospitals and seven dispensaries in the city, the flaws in the administration are being raised.
  • Higher authorities can keep a tab on the number of patients admitted.
  • Develop further plans to address the concerns such as management of the scarcely available staff, or the case of lack of adequate medicines
  • Ensure changes in the existing system to improve the patient count.

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