JAMMU: Administrator Government Medical College Hospital & Associated Hospitals Jammu Amit Sharma, today began a new chapter in the J&K Medical history by introducing Online OPD Project, as an ace eGovernance step towards helping the cause of millions of patients who keep waiting to get OPD appointments from respective departments of Government Medical College departments. This step is most important and strategically pointed during ongoing COVID times when minimal human interface is expected especially with various Government institutions.
Principal GMC Jammu Dr Nasib Chand Digra recently formulated a Committee spearheaded by Amit Sharma, Administrator AHJ and Dr Sandeep Dogra, Associated Professor, Department of Microbiology; Dr Gurmeet Singh, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine and Dr Vivek Mahajan, Department of Pharmacology as its members to accomplish multiple novel eGovernance initiatives in GMC Hospital and its Associated Hospitals in a time-bound manner.
The agenda of today’s critical meeting set by Administrator Amit Sharma included Rolling Out of an Online Registration System (ORS) based on Unique Hospital Identification Number (UHID) of all patients, Implementation of Hospital Information Management System (HIMS) as a part of e-Hospitals Project, Online Provisioning of Lab Reports, Online/Live Status of Blood Availability in Blood Banks and Digitization of Record of All Departments of Associated Hospitals.
Amit led a threadbare discussion on all these Agenda Points and Dr Dogra, being Member-Secretary of the Committee assured the Chair that requisite necessary steps shall be taken within no time to implement Online OPD on the pattern of AIIMS and all top institutions of the nation after a strong brain-storming on the issue amongst all members about it. Administrator also directed that GMCH team should register itself on National e-Hospital portal after fulfilling all codal formalities which is the first step towards achieving this important e-Governance mission.
“Present time is an era of mobile usage and we must simultaneously develop mobile apps for creating a widest network base of online registration for the patients and once these apps are created and piloted, they must be given complete publicity in all areas of Jammu division so that people can conveniently get online appointments sitting at their homes only just at the click of mobile buttons from related departments of the Associated Hospitals of Jammu,” he said.
The meeting was informed that blood banks are already connected with national network of e-Rakt but the online different blood group availability will also be made Live soon for the convenience of needy patients in all blood banks of GMCH & its Associated Hospitals. It was also told that Aadhaar linking of all beneficiaries/patients is required in next phase so that the deserving persons can conveniently get the benefits of healthcare schemes in future.
The Administrator mentioned about digitization and scanning of medical records as a very important step so that total automation can be achieved at the earliest since it shall lay a strong foundation for bringing total transparency and efficiency in Hospital Operations to help the cause of needy and deserving patients belonging to far flung areas of Union Territory.