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Panaji: The health department is looking to introduce a health management information system (HMIS), and also plans to go paperless at the North and South Goa district hospitals.

Citizens to get digital health cards, patient records to also move online: Goa health minister Vishwajit Rane
Under the Centre’s Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM), citizens will get a digital health identity i.e. Ayushman Bharat Health Account (ABHA) and their health records will be digitally protected, health minister Vishwajit Rane stated.

The HMIS will be implemented at both the district hospitals under ABDM, which will provide a cloud-based system with easy and quick access to patient and hospital records.

The OPDs at the district hospitals will initially be made paperless in a phased manner, Rane stated.

“In the North and South district hospitals, registration and patient records will be made online. Moving ahead, all OPD data will be digitised under HMIS,” he stated.

Retrospective data will be available online, as well as on mobile. Consent of patients will be taken every time it needs to be accessed, he said.

Rane added that the health ID is a nationwide initiative which will bridge the existing gap amongst different stakeholders of the healthcare ecosystem through digital highways.

ABHA will allow ease of registration and access to multiple digital health services available across the ABDM ecosystem now and in the future.

The mission will create a seamless online platform that will aim to standardise data formats, making it easier to share information across different stakeholders and systems.

The standardisation will further help clinicians and public health authorities make better decisions and provide timely interventions, the health minister stated, adding that with uniform data from across the providers, the patients will be able to view all their health records in one place.

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