Indian Railways launched a trial project of the hospital management information system (HMIS) on Friday, December 11, in a bid to achieve a paradigm shift in the health care system maintained by the railway network and to prioritize the well-being of its workforce. According to the Railway Ministry, the HMIS is implemented as a pilot project at the Central Hospital, Lallaguda, of the South Central Railway zone. The hospital management information system is developed by Indian Railways in coordination with the RailTel Corporation Limited, a public sector undertaking of the government. The main objective of the HMIS is to provide a single-window of clearance of hospital administration activity such as diagnostics, clinical, pharmacy, health, examinations, etc
The primary objectives of the Indian Railways hospital management information are as follows:
- Manage all healthcare facilities and their resources
- Monitor the performance of hospitals across the administrative channels
- Impart quality health care services to its beneficiaries
- Improve the patient turn-around time
- Generate and maintain the EMR (electronic medical records) of all patients
The new system will improve the quality of health services and will boost the utilization of resources in a transparent manner. The waiting time of patients at hospitals will be minimized and the medical records will be available to the team of doctors at all the times.
Shri Gajanan Mallya, General Manager, SCR stated that it is a proud moment for SCR to be part of HMIS project, which is one more IT application being launched on Indian Railways for the benefit of the huge workforce and their beneficiaries. SCR pioneered several IT initiatives like e-Office, e-Drawaing Approval System, UMID, etcwhich have been implemented across the Railways. He opined that implementation of HMIS will develop good amount of data (like Electronic Medical Records) and will help the medical fraternity not only in curative procedures but also preventive medical systems. It is expected to economize the drug management and better utilization of resource management.
Shri Puneet Chawla, Chairman and Managing Director, RailTel Corporation stated that implementation of HMIS will benefit all the stake holders with the integration of head quarter hospitals and ancillary centres. The project is likely to have more than 20 modules and will immensely benefit the medical fraternity and hospital beneficiaries.
Presently, 3 Modules of HMIS – Registration, OPD Doctor Desk & Pharmacy – arebeing taken up implemented. These three modules are going to be implemented on trial basis at Central Hospital, Lallaguda and will progressively be implemented across all Health Units over SCR. Registration Module covers the integration of UMID with automatic validation of beneficiary in a seamless manner without any difficulty to the patient. OPDDesk Module covers all the process of Patient Examination and Diagnosis details which will help in generating the Electronic Medical Records. The Pharmacy Module seamlessly connects to easily dispense the medicines prescribed by the doctor and optimise inventory management.