Officials sitting in Mantralaya will soon be able to keep a close watch on the treatment being provided to patients at hospitals and primary health centres across the state, if an ambitious project is successful.
The state government has started the process of computerising healthcare services by creating a centralised database for all public health facilities.
This is part of a larger project to make government services available online.
The Cabinet has already approved the project, which is a joint venture between the state government and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).
“TCS has developed the software and we have started distributing laptops at taluka level. We should have all records online instead of in files by May,” said Health Minister Suresh Shetty.
All public health facilities in the state will be equipped with laptops and doctors would be required to enter details of every patient, the diagnosis and the treatment provided.
District health officers will enter the names of staffers posted at every centre, names and quantity of drugs available as well as details of equipment.
“Files can get misplaced. This way we will have a permanent and easily accessible records,” said Shetty.
“If there is a complaint of medical negligence at a certain centre, we will be able to find out exactly what treatment the doctor had provided without even making a call,” he said.
Computerisation is also likely to ensure better health services in remote villages, where daily inspections are not possible.
If the records show that a certain centre has not treated any patient in two days, authorities will know that the doctor has abstained from work.
Patients will also be able to access their case papers online and take print outs whenever required.
A TCS spokesperson declined comment saying the organisation does not give details of ongoing projects.