You may soon be able to get prescriptions from your doctor on your phone instead on visiting him in person. On the initiation of Dr Surya Bali of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Bhopal, the Medical Council of India (MCI) is considering approval of a proposal in this regard.
"A proposal regarding introducing mobile prescription system in the country was submitted by me to the department of telemedicine under union ministry of health and family welfare. Later, it was forwarded to MCI for approval," Dr Bali told HT. "I have talked to MCI authorities regarding it and they are very much interested in starting this new system," he said.
Dr Bali said digital prescription is as much authentic as traditional prescription. "With the help of this system, a check can also be done on doctors prescribing unnecessary medicines," he said, adding that it will also be helpful in avoiding quackery in the medical field.
A record of mobile numbers of all the medical practitioners registered with the MCI will be maintained, and only these will be authorised to prescribe medicines through SMS, he said.
Dr Bali, who is also in-charge of telemedicine centre at AIIMS Bhopal, said a similar system was started in our country about 10 years ago, but due to some legal complications and lack of verification it didn't worked.
He said the mobile prescription will make the entire system much more easy and convenient for patients. The medicines that drug stores refuse to provide without prescription of doctors could be purchased more conveniently using this system.
"Many times patients living in rural areas have to travel long distances just to get prescription from doctors so that they can buy medicines. But now patients would be able to get prescription from their doctor on mobile phones anytime," said Dr Bali.
He informed that many countries in the world have adopted this new mobile prescription system and it is working successfully for years. "We are working to develop a portal to make this system work. On this portal, mobile numbers of registered medical practitioners and their registration number will be available. The portal will help in avoiding fake mobile prescriptions," he said.