Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) is going to computerise all records of patients along with the test reports of patients.
The institute has introduced a software called Electronic Patients Record (EPR) in which every patient would be given a unique number and his medical history would be saved into a dedicated database. Trial runs of the software have been started to assess its efficiency. PGI wishes to completely abolish the system of hard copies of registration and medical cards. The software will help doctors to access the medical report of every patient. EPR has started functioning at PGI information centre and registration of patients in the OPD and Emergency wing. Blood test reports are also being prepared online.
The software has been designed by the Center for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) as a part of the Advanced Hospital Information System (AHIS). The project was started in 2005 and it might take yet another year to become fully operational. After the complete implementation of this software the efficiency of the system will increase as it will end the era of heavy paper work.
This project has cost around 20 crore and it took around 6 years to come to its present form snce its start in 2005.