e-Health Project To Revolutionize Health Care Sector Coming To Trivandrum! 7 Other Districts To Follow

The pilot will run for three months and after reviewing user-end inputs, it will be scaled up to all seven districts in Phase I by April 1 next year.

Health Department’s ‘e-Health’ project aimed at creating an electronic demographic database and electronic health records (EHRs) of people will be first implemented in Trivandrum.

A first-of-its kind initiative in India, the e-Health project will create electronic health records of a population, linked with the HMIS (Health Management Information System) of all health institutions in the State. The project also aims to provide an end-to-end automation of all government hospitals.

e-health will have two components-  a public health component and a hospital automation module.

The World Bank-aided Rs.96-crore project is will be piloted in 13 institutions in Trivandrum district in a phased manner, beginning July 1. All health institutions from primary health centres to the tertiary care medical college will be included in the project.

What is e-Health?

e-health will have two components-  a public health component and a hospital automation module. There will be a centre data centre where the health records and data of all citizens, collected at all levels of interaction within the health system, including the data collected by the health field workers during house visits.  All data — communicable and non-communicable diseases, maternal and child care, family planning — will be constantly updated and integrated.

The hospital automation module will helps in automation of all processes in government hospitals, from registration of a patient, out-patient consultations, in-patient admission, lab diagnosis and so on till the discharge of the patient.  The system will store the health records of all citizens and a unique identity number will be issued. So that any physician of any hospital can access the centralised database of health records just by entering patient’s unique ID.

The pilot will run for three months and after reviewing user-end inputs, it will be scaled up to all seven districts in Phase I by April 1 next year. The districts include Kollam, Alappuzha, Idukki, Ernakulam, Kasergod and Malappuram.

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