In a major respite to patients and their attendants who have to stand in long queues to collect lab reports, Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) Sector 32 has started providing access to these reports online.
In the initial stage, reports related to departments of biochemistry, haematology, micro-biology and pathology departments have been made online. On the GMCH-32 website, there is an option of lab reports where a click leads to another page where there are three options — one of which is view lab reports.
Just three details — UHID (Unique Health Identification number), mobile number and the computer-generated password — need to be entered to get access to the report.
The hospital administration is also in process of making available X-ray reports on computer screens of doctors.
Dr Sudhir Garg, Head, Information Technology, GMCH-32, said “The facility was started 15 days ago. We conduct more than 4,000 tests a day.” He added that in the next step, doctors will have access to lab reports of patients on their screens.
“This month, we are going to purchase 100 computers and these will be placed in wards with doctors. It will be beneficial for patients admitted in wards, as doctors can check the reports of admitted patients on their computer screens by just entering the CR number.”
The hospital also plans to invest in a system that is meant to store, retrieve, management, distribution and presentation of medical images called the Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) in the hospital.
The system will be linked to the Digital X-ray machine, CT scan, MRI and other machines. With it, doctors will be able to get access to the images of X-ray and other scans on their computer screens.