Soon, patients of Coimbatore Medical College and Hospital will not have to run from pillar to post with their entire case files to get treated. They can be paper-free when they come in for check-ups as all patient details would be available online.
A hospital management information system would be implemented at GH within a month or so, according to hospital sources.
On the first hospital visit, every patient would be registered in the system with name, photograph and basic health details.
Information recorded for each patient would include his ailment and treatment received. Subsequently, all patient details, including scans, tests and results would be updated into the database.
"The software would allow even scan copies to be uploaded and added to a patient's database, so it would be easy for the consultant to access all the data with the click of a mouse instead of poring over through different reports in a file," said a doctor.
When a patient gets registered, he will be given an identity card with an identification number. Whenever he visits any department in the hospital, he just has to show his card and number.
They would immediately access all his details.
"This is extremely helpful in the pharmacy, labs and scan centres, where sometimes patients do not know how to ask for the right test or scan and if the prescription written is illegible," said another doctor.
The hospital is likely to get around 180 computers for the system. Since GH is always congested with patients and doctors may not have time to key-in updates and details, especially during outpatient hours, they are planning to ask house surgeons and PG surgeons to help for this purpose.