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Rawat launches online registration for OPD check-up, medicine and blood bank service

Rawat also announced, that all citizens in the state, would be provided health insurance cover within the current financial year itself.

dehradun Updated: Jan 27, 2018 20:38 IST
Deep Joshi
Deep Joshi
Hindustan Times, Dehradun
Uttarakhand news,TS Rawat,OPD
Chief minister TS Rawat launches Online Registration System. (HT Photo)

Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Saturday launched an Online Registration System (ORS) under which patients, even from remote areas, would be able to register themselves for outpatient departments of empanelled state run hospitals through an official website or app.

Rawat also announced, that all citizens in the state, would be provided health insurance cover within the current financial year itself. “I am happy to announce that out of 140 hospitals in the country that are linked with ORS, 47 are in our state,” he said, while launching the ORS system along with two other online medical services—
e-medicine and e-blood bank.

Rawat said all 35 bland banks in the state have now been linked online with online facility. “Similarly, 52 state-run hospitals have been linked with online e-medicine facility.”

Chief secretary Utpal Singh said, that all three online medical services were meant for the citizens. “Through the online registration system (ors.gov.in), patients, even in remote areas, will be able to have themselves registered for treatment with state-run hospitals,” he said.

“Once the system is refined, all registered patients under ORS would be communicated the time and dates of their appointments with doctors on their mobile phones along with their (doctors’) names,” Singh said. He added that it would take some time to introduce the system. “It will start functioning once we have doctors in almost all the hospitals,”he said.

Director general, health and family welfare, Archana Srivstava said, ORS would save time besides sparing people the inconvenience of standing in long queues to get appointments with doctors. “We will be able to create a database of the number of patients visiting hospitals through the system ”, she said. If that record shows increasing footfalls of patients in some state-run hospitals, the supply of medicines to those hospitals will be increased accordingly and more doctors will be appointed there, Srivstava said.

Singh dubbed the e-blood bank service as very crucial for the hill state that witnesses frequent accidents owing to its geographical conditions. “Once we have e-blood bank service functional, those in need of blood transfusion would be able to locate blood blanks online.”

The online facility will also help in keeping a database of blood donors, Srivastava said. “It (online facility) will also have details of blood groups available in blood banks. The online system would necessitate that those running blood bank units reject the infected blood in advance,” she said. “The online system will also give us a prior idea of medicines running out of stock, so that they can be procured well in advance,” she added.

Health secretary Nitesh Jha said the online medical system will also help facilitate the human resource management of doctors and paramedic staff in a smooth way. The chief secretary, however, cautioned, that despite the online systems being in place, a lot is yet to be done to improve the health sector.

Echoing the sentiment, Rawat said that several steps have been initiated to improve the system since he took over about a year ago. He said that tackling paucity of doctors in the hills was one of the top priorities of his government. “For instance,156 dentists have been appointed in different remote hill areas,” he said. The process was also on to appoint around 712 medical specialists in the state. “Besides, steps are also being taken to bring down the maternal mortality and infant mortality.”

First Published: Jan 27, 2018 20:38 IST