Thursday November 14, 2019

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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AIIMS Prepares Research Project on Air Pollution’s Impact on Health

"People with respiratory problems are increasing. Apart from asthma patients, there were fresh cases who visited AIIMS owing to pollution,"

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AIIMS launches research project on air pollution's impact on health.

As the National Capital Region (NCR) battles poor air quality during winter, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has started a research project to study the effects of air pollution on public health.

“Delhi’s air quality deteriorates every year during Diwali owing to multiple reasons like stubble burning and bursting of crackers. However, last year, when the air pollution level escalated, we noticed a surge in patients visiting AIIMS,” Dr Karan Madan, Associate Professor, Department of Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Disorders, AIIMS, who is part of this research programme, told IANS.

So the country’s premier medical research and referral hospital decided to conduct empirical research on the impact of air pollution on health.

For the study, titled “DAPHNE” (Delhi Air Pollution Health And Effects), AIIMS researchers have developed an air pollution sensor technology.

“This sort of study has not been earlier conducted in India. The device has been developed in a belt format which is very light and it gives clear continuous pollution data. The belt can be wrapped around the waist or on the arms,” Madan said.

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In this Sept. 19, 2018 photo steam and cooling towers of a lignite power plant are reflected in a pond in Peitz, eastern Germany. VOA

He explained that the device is wireless and directly sends data to a monitoring system through a Global Positioning System (GPS). AIIMS is primarily focusing on children suffering from pulmonary diseases like asthma, bronchitis and other breathing troubles — as well as pregnant women.

The device, which is to be worn by children suffering from asthma or bronchitis, will give an idea of the exposure level of air pollution when one is travelling in the school bus, at home, when in school, or outdoors while playing.

“On pregnant women, we are trying to see how pollution might affect the unborn child. We are also trying to figure out the birth rate issue from this study owing to poor air quality,” Madan noted.

Funded by the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, and Medical Research Council, Britain, the project is a collaborative effort of the the two nations.

In India, apart from AIIMS, Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai, IIT Delhi and GTB Hospital are also associated with the research.

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A man walks in front of the India Gate shrouded in smog in New Delhi, India. VOA

“While the data on asthma in children will be compiled at AIIMS, GTB Hospital will be following the cases of pregnant women,” Madan said.

The research process, initiated last year, began on a pilot basis two months ago. Dr Madan stated that around 10 children have been given this belt across Delhi NCR.

“So far, the project is going good and the readings have come accurate. The study will conclude next year and the report will be released,” he added.

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Talking about the rise in health hazards among residents in the National Capital Region and its surrounding areas, Madan said that AIIMS has witnessed an increase of 15-20 per cent in the number of patients with cases of respiratory problems like coughing, heavy breathing, asthma symptoms, and burning sensation in throat and nose.

“People with respiratory problems are increasing. Apart from asthma patients, there were fresh cases who visited AIIMS owing to pollution,” he stated. (IANS)