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PGI launches software to allow easy access to lab reports

Patients' reports will be uploaded on HIS computers in the institute.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: December 11, 2013 3:46:32 am

In a move to facilitate thousands of patients,PGI has launched a Lab Investigation module under which all reports of the new OPD’s Biochemistry Lab will be available on all computers in the institute. Patients will then not need to stand in long queues to get the paper-based lab reports.

Prof Y K Chawla,Director PGIMER,inaugurated the Laboratory Information System (LIS) software on December 9.

“Thousands of patients visiting PGI will be benefited by the launch and get respite from the difficult task of tracking the paper-based lab investigation report for Biochemistry tests,” said Professor R Prasad,head of PGI’s Department of Biochemistry.

At present,the facility is available to Biochemistry OPD patients and will be extended to indoor patients in 15 days. The LIS software is a part of Hospital Information System (HIS) that will take care of procedures like ordering lab test through sample acceptance,fetching a report from a machine and generating the report.

“Patients’ reports will be uploaded on HIS computers in the institute. A patient will only have to go once to the biochemistry lab for tests. Later they can check their report on any HIS computer in the institute. Print on demand facility will be available in the OPDs,” said Professor Y L Narayana,vice-chairman of Computerization Monitoring Committee.

At present there are 700 computers linked to HIS. This number will increase to 1,500 soon.

“With the launch of the software module,reports of tests handled by the Biochemistry lab will be available for viewing from anywhere in the institute. It will be very convenient for clinicians who have to struggle to find duplicate reports,” R Prasad added.

In the future,the reports will be available over a web portal. Also,a SMS facility will be introduced soon.

“To further facilitate patients,an SMS facility will also be soon introduced for informing patients when their reports are ready. The same would be available on a website in couple of months,thereby reducing the number of visits to the lab,” Dr Prasad said.

Talking about privacy issues,Prof Narayana said,“We are working on some privacy issues before making these reports available on PGI website. There will be a two-step authentication; first a person will have to fill in a CNR number and then a mobile number where the authentication code will be sent. Only after this can a person access the report.”

Other labs including Microbiology and Hematology will follow the same pattern soon and implement the software developed by M/s CDAC in Noida and being implemented through the institute’s computer section.

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