The Delhi government has invited an expression of interest for a key project, the e-health information system, which was announced by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia during the Budget Session as one of the priority initiatives in the Health sector. The system will connect 36 Delhi government hospitals with over 10,000 beds, 260 dispensaries and 45 mobile health clinics, and which together treat over 1.50 crore out patient patients, 5.60 lakh admitted patients and 26.90 lakh emergency cases annually.
At Rs 4,787 crore, the Health sector received the second highest budget allocation after education. Besides a proposed addition of 10,000 new beds, Sisodia had said an electronic health information system for patients will also be introduced.
According to the government notice, the system will “facilitate the delivery of services and act as a decision support system for staff/management”.
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The note observes that “in the absence of computerisation, it becomes difficult to manage patient-load efficiently, monitor performance and plan resources.
The department envisages implementing the integrated e-health project, spanning from the grass-root level health worker to the super-specialty hospitals, including directorates and other institutions”.
According to the note, the system, “will ensure continuity in health care, automation of all processes and efficient delivery of services”.
Besides health institutions, the government plans to connect the data of beneficiaries of public health programmes in areas such as reproductive health, tobacco cessation, mother and child health care among others.
Health institutions and public health programmes under the state health department conduct over 2 crore lab tests, 18 lakh radiology tests including X-ray and CT scans, over 1 lakh deliveries, 1.6 lakh medico-legal cases, and over 11,000 autopsies alone.
For the project, the state government will first conduct a study to see the best practices from other states or areas where such IT projects have been implemented and have “attained some level of success” in the Health sector.
For this, participating firms have been asked to provide details of their past projects in the sector. After this, sources said, there will be a meeting with the firms to discuss the shortlisted submissions.
The government will then “define” the scope of work, designing, technical requirements and implementation solutions for the Delhi Health department project, after which specific proposals for this project will be invited.
The government has asked interested firms to ensure that the information that will be collected by grass-root level health workers, is accessible by super-specialty hospitals.
Meanwhile, an online OPD system started in some Delhi government hospitals last year met with moderate success with a few patients opting to seek OPD appointments online. Health Minister Satyendra Jain had said that the government will also strengthen this system and make it available in all 36 hospitals.