The chief minister of Kerala, Shri. Pinarayi Vijayvan launched the e-health Kerala scheme to build a framework that would ensure effectual health care to most common citizens through a centralized database of health care information. The project was launched by the state’s health department in association with the states IT Mission.
Shri. Vijavan inaugurated the scheme by handing out the electronic medical record (EMR) to a resident of Peroorkada. The health minister K.K Shylaja distributed 8000 tablets to health workers to create a database.
Highlights of this scheme
- An E-Health Card will be issued to each person. This card will consist vast details about the health status of candidate.
- The main motive of this scheme is to provide proper health service to every people in the state.
- There will be 12,000 hospitals & health centers connected with OP Counters, Examination rooms, Pharmacy, Laboratories, Administrative department.
- These will be connected through Local Area Network (LAN).
- People living in rural areas or villages, who are not getting proper medical services.
- A well trained team of 8,000 workers has been formed from Health Management Information System (HMIS) and Mother & Child Tracking System (MCTS)
This scheme is divided in two phases
- First phase of E-Health has been implemented in the state of Kerala.
- In the second E-Health project will be expanded to private healthcare institutions.
Private institutions will bear 60% of the services of the healthcare in Kerala. Through this scheme medical services will be accessible to people living in states of Kerala by electronic cards.
The main components of the scheme
- A Central Repository of Demographic, Public Health and Healthcare data pertaining to the State which will get dynamically updated. Each citizen record in the demographic data repository will be uniquely identified which will be used by all the services provided by e-Health Kerala.
- Centralized Healthcare Information System which has the functionalities of an Integrated Hospital Management System, Disease Surveillance, Management Information System and Healthcare Planning.
- A high Bandwidth reliable Network connecting all hospitals (in Public Sector) in Kerala and alsolinking them to Central Healthcare Data Repository and the Central Demographic Data Repository
How is the scheme funded?
The government is supporting much of the cost of this program. The private healthcare groups that are participating will support the cost as time goes about. In particular, about 60 per cent of the cost for healthcare in the state will be covered. The cost especially comes amid the expenses that are being added to healthcare solutions within the state.
Objectives of the scheme
- To collect the information and list them on health cards that would include a comprehensive amount of details on all the patients.
- To provide people with e-health cards that would help with storing their medical records in the digital formats.
- The common man can get better health care facility from the health care centers of the state.
The scheme would help benefit the lay man and grave a better chance to the CM for the next elections. The state of Kerala would now be renowned by the state’s health sector in digital format.
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