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KGMU OPDs need hi-tech networking

NOTHING BUT a lack of computer networking on the campus is hampering the extended OPD facility at the KGMU. Had the networking being done, the academic pursuit and the hospital services could have run together and comfortably.

india Updated: Jun 16, 2006 00:20 IST

NOTHING BUT a lack of computer networking on the campus is hampering  the extended OPD facility at the KGMU.

Had the networking being done, the academic pursuit and the hospital services could have run together and comfortably.

The basic purpose of extending OPD hours from 1 pm to 2 pm was to carry out a complete diagnosis and start treatment of patients who are prescribed pathology tests or X-ray, before suggesting medicines.

But, giving the tests reports and X-ray films the same day to the patient is not possible as MD and MS students study these films to write reports and do research and analysis about the course of treatment.

An easy solution to this problem is laying the computer network wherein the records and images are stored on the server to be read afterwards. This system is in practice at the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences.

Here patient record is stored on Hospital Information System and any doctor from any computer terminal can view it, on the campus. A similar system has been planned at KGMU and initially 509 computer nodes were identified to get the entire campus connected through Local Area Networking. The plan was to connect each department and every faculty with LAN. But, even as a year has passed, the project has not taken a single step ahead.

The financial and technical bids were made before the technical committee last year. And out of just three bidders one was given the task of computer networking. Things could not move further as allegations regarding favouritism in selection of the bidder came up.

The related file is currently with the vice chancellor office which is studying in to the allegations of favouritism.

Moreso, computer networking should be supported with upgrading of machines.

The conventional X-ray machine has to be replaced by a digital one that can support the storage of images on the computers. Likewise, modern pathological testing labs have to be established, said a senior KGMU faculty member, while commenting on the implementation of extended OPD scheme.

KGMU VC Prof SK Agrawal is taking rounds of the OPD daily to ensure doctors attend the patients. But even his sincere attempts are not helping the way they should have, in the absence of test reports and doctors leave OPD even before 2 pm.

LAN will take at least six months to get completed and it is yet to get started. Thus, even with a will to benefit poor patients, the KGMU administration may have to backtrack on the decision of extended OPD for now.