To help private grant patients,a computerised service was opened in PGIMER on Wednesday. Patients,doctors and suppliers will get SMS alerts as soon as the funds are received in the private grant cell.
Private Grant Cell (PGC) processes patients grants from various sources like Chief Minister Relief Fund,Prime Minister Relief Fund,ESI and National Rural Health Mission.
Earlier,patients had to visit the PGC many times to know whether funds have been received,quotations have been called,supply order has been done and several other things, an official said.
Similarly doctors were not able to plan due to lack of information and vendors were facing problems in collecting quotations and in knowing the status of their payments, the official said.
Speaking about the utility of the computerised service,Prof. Arun K Aggarwal,additional Medical Superintendent informed that the number of grants have increased seven folds since 2005.
The SMS service is likely to be the first of its kind in any government hospital across the country. It will introduce transparency and keep all stakeholders informed and may lead to reducing the delays in the treatment that happen due to lack of communication between the patient,doctor,PGC and suppliers, he said.
As soon as the funds are received in the private grant cell,patients would be informed of it through an SMS. Patients and treating consultants are simultaneously kept informed of the status of quotation,supply order to the vendors and receipt of material and also its payment status.
The chief guest Prof Y K Chawla,Director,inaugurated the event by generating SMS messages for patients,doctors and vendors. PC Pant,Personal Assistant in PGC,who initiated and nurtured the idea,demonstrated the computer software to the dignitaries.