Hospitals run by the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) are all set to go paperless. From October 11, PCMC will start registration of patients, following which they would be issued health cards.
The health card will be the size of a credit card with a digital chip fitted inside. This will eliminate the hospitals’ need of storing case papers.
The first hospital to go paperless will be the Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital (YCMH).
The decision regarding the same was taken in a recent meeting attended by Municipal Commissioner Asheesh Sharma, standing committee members and health department officers.
Currently, PCMC runs eight hospitals in the city. All the patients who come to these hospitals have to first get their case papers made.
These papers contain the details of the patient and the treatment given for a particular illness. Storing these papers is a cumbersome process.
The new system was proposed to ensure easy management of patients’ data. For this project, PCMC has earmarked Rs. 3.5 crore.
The patients would be charged a nominal fee of Rs 15 per health card. The scheme would first be implemented in YCMH, following which it would be extended to other hospitals run by PCMC.
Currently, it is seen that people from all the adjoining talukas and villages near Pimpri Chinchwad seek treatment at civic hospitals.
Since the hospitals are run by PCMC, all the citizens staying in PCMC limits should be given priority as the hospital is run on the taxes paid by them.”