The National Health Authority (NHA), as part of the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission, has deployed QR code-based quick OPD registration in more than 300 hospitals, cutting the wait time from 50 minutes to four minutes, according to reports by PTI.
During the “International Health Dialogue”, Apollo Hospital’s annual conference, Dr Basant Garg, Additional CEO of NHA stated, “We have introduced a system wherein we have tried to simplify the OPD registration process in large public hospitals. Around 4.06 lakh people have availed the facility in around 347 hospitals so far.”
According to Garg, In large public hospitals like the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi and the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh, OPD registration is a major issue because patients have to stand in a queue for hours to get themselves registered before they see a doctor.
The programme was started in October of last year as a pilot project at the new OPD block of the Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC) and Smt. Sucheta Kriplani Hospital (SSKH) in New Delhi for a quicker OPD registration service. It has now been expanded to 347 hospitals.
The QR code-based OPD registration service enables patients to exchange their personal information with the facility by scanning a hospital’s specific QR code with their mobile phones.
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He added that, as part of the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission, more than 22 crore health records have been digitally linked to Ayushman Bharat Health Accounts (ABHAs).
So far, more than 32 crore citizens have created their individual ABHAs.
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