The Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) is planning to start the Medical Record Technician (MRT) course at the institute.
The new course is aimed at producing professionals for the record keeping in hospitals which has become essential part of the healthcare system. Keeping in view the requirements in hospitals,we have decided to start a six-month Medical Record Technician course at the institute. The programme will begin very soon, spokesperson of PGIMER Manju Wadwalkar said.
The need for starting the technician course in the PGIMER was felt as a very few institutes in the country are presently running MRT diploma course. And even as there are also some private institutes in the country which offer the training for the record keeping,but these institutes are not able produce good quality technicians. Sources in the PGIMER said the officials of the Central Registration Department (CRD) in the institute which is responsible for the maintenance of the medical records of outpatients as well as inpatients visiting the Nehru Hospital,have been lobbying for this course for a long time. The CRD in PGIMER presently house over 7 lakh files in its library and every hospital as per the law has to preserve the medical record of its patients for 10 years. Record-keeping is not a clerical job as it deals with more technical details like patients history,operative reports,clinical notes and laboratory reports. In fact,we at PGI have been sending the employees of the CRD for training to other institutes in the country and we hope that course at the PGIMER will not only help the in-house employees but other aspirants who want to study the record keeping, said an employee at the CRD.