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AIIMS to look for joint study

AIIMS-Patna director Dr G.K. Singh will soon visit Puducherry to attend a meeting of senior central government and Harvard University officials and explore the possibilities of collaborative research.

Singh said the meeting would take place at Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research on March 10. “The directors of all six AIIMS are scheduled to attend this meet apart from central government and Harvard University officials. Officials from other Union government-run institutions would also be present. The meeting will mainly focus on collaborative research work we can take up. Teacher-student exchange programmes would also come up at the meeting,” said Singh.

According to sources, on Thursday, Arjun Malhotra, co-founder of HCL Technologies, visited AIIMS-Patna and met director G.K. Singh. Singh said: “Malhotra called me up and said he wanted to meet me. I invited him to the campus. He assured me all possible help to AIIMS-Patna, but at this moment, I can’t say whether we would have a collaboration.”

Singh, however, admitted that AIIMS-Patna would adopt innovative IT technologies to provide quality service to patients. For that, AIIMS would have to take the help of a noted IT firm and if they could strike a deal with HCL Technologies, it would be good.

Singh added that AIIMS-Patna would provide online registration facility to give patients a specific time to visit the hospital for treatment. He said: “We want to provide hassle-free service to patients. Online registration is one way to ensure that.” The registration would be done manually till the online facility comes up.

AIIMS-Patna has also decided to maintain patients’ health records, like history, electronically. “We have also decided to use wireless bar code medication charting, like in the world’s best hospitals, to check medication-related errors,” Singh said.