Patients would no longer have to stand in long queues to get an appointment with doctors at the SGPGI.
The hospital is all set to implement Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) from September 20 after which most of the facilities would be made available online. It is the first hospital in the state to implement the system.
With the new system in place, patients will not only be able to pay their bills online but also check their pathology reports, MRI and CT scan reports with the click of the mouse.
The records of all the patients will be maintained online. This will allow patients to discuss their reports with more than one doctor at a time. As the data will be available online, it can also be used to carry out research.
The new system will also save the time and effort spent on producing duplicate images in cases where patients misplace their original reports.
Currently, the system is on a trial run and the staff is being trained to use the new software.
Director SGPGIMS professor RK Sharma says, “On several occasions, patients need to consult more than one doctor. Every doctor needs to go through the patient’s medical history before treating him. When the records are made available online, the task will become easier for both patients and doctors. The patients will no longer have to carry heavy files while the doctors will also not have to go through the ordeal of reading illegible prescriptions. The prescriptions would also be available online.”
Doctors will also be able to categorise the data based on gender, age, and so on.
Experts will also be able to access an accurate data related to the finances, diet, engineering, and distribution of medical aid. This will help them in conducting research and financial planning.
The project got delayed as the transfer of data of over a lakh patients, treated by SGPGIMS till date, was a time consuming process.
Sharma said, “It was not an easy task to digitise all the data, which had to be crosschecked at several stages to avoid any mistake. The hospital has spent Rs. 12 crore to install the software. The data will be accessible only to the patient and his doctor. In order to ensure privacy, the patients will also be given a password.”