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Health Minister inaugurates new OPD with online appointment facilities

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New Delhi: Health Minister JP Nadda on Saturday inaugurated a new out patient department (OPD) at AIIMS where appointments with the doctors will be made through online to provide ease to patients accessing services at the hospital.

The project, a public-private partnership (PPP) between the health ministry and the Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), will help 10,000 patients daily to reduce the long waiting time and eliminate overcrowding.

Some of the facilities that the new OPD includes are new waiting hall with seating capacity of 2, 550, additional seating capacity, 120 patients care coordinators for patients assistance and guidance and four large LED appointment status boards displaying the real-time appointment availability for increased transparency and visibility.

“This new OPD will speed up the existing appointments procedure in the premiere hospital. This is for patient’s better communication, control and exigencies,”.

All India Institute of Medical Sciences(AIIMS) director MC Misra said: “Digitization of AIIMS processes has been my top priority and introducing digitized OPD processes is a first step towards the fulfillment of this mission. We are happy to lead a transformation project that draws on the collaboration of excellent teams from TCS and AIIMS working in tandem towards such a profound impact on patient care.”

Apart from the OPD, Nadda also launched a slew of initiatives to improve the healthcare services of the country including Kilkari, an audio-based mobile service that delivers weekly audio messages to families about pregnancy, childbirth and child care.

“Each pregnant woman and infant’s mother registered in Mother and Child Tracking System (MCTS), a web-enabled name-based system to monitor and ensure delivery of full spectrum of services to all pregnant women and children, would receive weekly voice messages relevant to the stage of pregnancy or age of the infant,” he said.

He also announced that a new mobile-based application named mobile academy has been developed through which about 90,00,000 ASHA workers will be trained using mobile services.

He also announced the making of the Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP) more patient-centric.

“A dedicated toll-free number, 1800-11-6666, with a call centre is being started to provide round the clock support for patient counselling and treatment support services. This call centre will have trained personnel to provide feedback to patients and also link or refer chest symptomatic persons to RNTCP services,”

“Under the initiative, callers can give a missed call or call to get complete support for diagnosis, treatment and support for the completion of treatment on the national toll-free number,” he added.

The initiative is being started in Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi.

Nadda also announced the launch of M-Cessation, an IT-enabled tool to help tobacco users to quit the habit. (Inputs from IANS)

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Cabinet Approves Plan to Set-Up 20 AIIMS

The construction of new AIIMS will be fully funded by the Central government. It will also bear the operations and maintenance expenses of these facilities.

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The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved a plan to set up 20 All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) across the country, six of which have already been established, and to upgrade 73 medical colleges.

The decisions are part of the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY), which has been extended by two years till 2020, with a financial outlay of Rs 14,832 crore, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters while briefing on the cabinet decisions.

“Under this (PMSSY), we are going to set up 20 AIIMS in the country, six have already been established, and would upgrade 73 medical colleges. This is a historic decision,” said the Union Law and Information Technology Minister.

The construction of new AIIMS will be fully funded by the Central government. It will also bear the operations and maintenance expenses of these facilities.
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The decision to extend the PMSSY was aimed to meet the shortfall in healthcare professionals and facilities across the country.

“Setting up of new AIIMS would not only transform health education and training but also address the shortfall of healthcare professionals in the region… Setting up of new AIIMS in various states will lead to employment generation for nearly 3,000 people in various faculty and non-faculty posts in each of the AIIMS,” said an official statement.

The construction of new AIIMS will be fully funded by the Central government. It will also bear the operations and maintenance expenses of these facilities.

The upgradation programme broadly envisages improving health infrastructure through construction of super specialty blocks, trauma centres and others, according to the statement.

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The procurement of medical equipment for existing as well as new facilities will be done on sharing basis by both Central and state governments.

“PMSSY was started during the government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee to provide quality healthcare in remote areas as it’s not right to put all the pressure on AIIMS in Delhi. There were talks of setting up six AIIMS. But what happened in the next 10 years is for all to see,” said Prasad. (IANS)