Seven months after the system of online appointments for new patients was launched at Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), union health minister JP Nadda officially inaugurated the online registration facility at the hospital on Wednesday.
JP Nadda was in the city to inaugurate the online registration facility, tele-evidence facility and the central sophisticated instruments cell in the research block of the hospital. The online-facility has been helping in curtailing the waiting time for the patients as they had to stand in long queues. PGIMER has already joined the ‘Digital India’ programme of the Government of India, by making available OPD appointments, laboratory reports and blood bank stock position on the ‘online registration system (ORS; http://ors.gov.in) web portal, a national platform framework to link hospitals across the country.
Meanwhile, the tele-evidence facility has been made available at Himachal Pradesh court, while till date, the facility was available only in the Punjab and Haryana courts. During the inauguration, it was shared that the doctors of PGIMER received around 1,500 summons in the year 2013 and around 2,000 summon in 2014 for giving their professional or expert evidence in various courts.
However, till the month ending December 2015, around 1,854 cases have been uploaded for tele-evidence. Out of these, 1,172 testimonies have been conducted through teleevidence and remaining were cancelled or postponed from the court’s side.
Nadda also inaugurated the central sophisticated instruments cell which hosts various sophisticated instruments further catering to the needs of cutting edge research in many areas of modern science and technology. Nearly `14 crore equipment are housed in the facility and additional `11 crore equipment purchase is in the process. At present the facility will remain open from morning 9am to 8pm. It is proposed to be extended till 12 midnight after employing more staff.