The Directorate of Medical Education is focussing on adopting e-governance to make outpatient registration, consultation and prescribing of medicines smooth in all medical college hospitals in the State. Director of Medical Education T.P. Kalaniti has said that the focus would be on emulating the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital, which computerised outpatient registration, consultation and prescription of drugs a month ago.

When the bar code on the outpatient registration slip is scanned by the doctor, details of the patient such as name, age and address appear on a computer. After diagnosis, the doctor makes the prescription on the computer and forwards it to the pharmacy wing. The bar code on the slip is scanned by pharmacy staff to get the e-prescription.

“Commissioner of Information Technology Neeraj Mittal had asked me to take a look at the new system at the CMCH, the first medical college hospital in the State to have embarked upon this project. It is a goo effort with a very professional touch,” the Director said.

(The project was Mr. Mittal’s brainchild when he was Collector here. A corporation hospital, which had this system, had helped the CMCH in this effort.)

After a review of this system during an overall inspecton of the CMCH recently, Dr. kalaniti said he would dicuss it with the Deans of the other medical colleges in the State.

The Medical Council of India had made mandatory the computerisation of outpatient and inpatient services and the functioning of laboratories, pharmacy and medical records department.

“These are the minimum standards in e-governance fixed by the medical council. The CMCH has gone a step further with the bar coded registration slip. But, the e-governance should be expanded even at the CMCH. It must get into accounting an patient records also,” Kalaniti said.

This was the kind of total e-governance that the directorate was looking forward to implement in all medical college hospitals.

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