Kerala e- Health System to Be First in India

Published on: 20 Nov, 2013
Published under: Kerala Health News, Thiruvananthapuram District News

20 November 2013

A project named e-health by Kerala State will make easier to diagnose your illness and disease whenever you seek a hospital. A Rs.96-crore e-Health initiative will help government hospitals in the State work this magic.

The Health Department is in the final stages of floating a request for proposal for implementing the initiative, first such in India to create electronic medical records of citizens and electronic health records of a population.

The State won the megaproject from the Electronics and Information Technology Department of the Union Ministry of Communication and Information Technology early this year, for developing an electronic demographic database and a hospital automation system. The State government is investing Rs.9 crore in the project, while the Centre will bear the rest.

The project will be implemented in the first phase in Thiruvananthapuram. In Phase II, it will be scaled up to include all government health institutions in Kollam, Malappuram, Kasaragod, Alappuzha, Idukki and Ernakulam. The rest of the districts will be included in Phase III.

Senior officials are in discussions to examine the logistic solutions required for floating the dynamic project, as bandwidth availability and last-mile connectivity can be crucial in enabling information flow from various health institutions to the central data server.

The server is one of the two arms of the system. The data will be collected at all levels of interaction within the health system, including the data collected by health field workers, who will be provided handheld devices to record and transmit health information collected from households during their field visits.

Source– The Hindu

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