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New system for healthcare

Bhubaneswar, June 29: The Odisha government is exploring introduction of an automated medical management system to streamline the healthcare facilities.

The government will introduce the system in collaboration with the Hyderabad-based National Institute for Smart Government, a non-profit organisation incorporated by the central government.

Recently, Odisha’s health secretary P.K. Mohapatra held discussions with the institute officials in this regard.

The institute model will be studied in detail by the Odisha health department prior to approval by the state government. The system will be first introduced on an experimental basis at the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack, Odisha’s premier super speciality health institution. If it was proved successful, the automated system would be implemented at all the three government-run medical colleges, said a senior official of the health department.

A pilot study will be undertaken at the Puri district headquarters hospital. Following the success of the pilot study, the system would be extended to all the 32 district headquarters hospitals across Odisha, said the official.

Under the new system, all the 32 district headquarters hospitals will be connected with the three government medical college and hospitals of Odisha. All details about the treatment and the health service providers, including doctors and nurses, will be available online.

Proposals would be sent soon to the Centre for funding the project, official sources said.