Monday 29 April 2019 12:15 AM UTC
KOZHIKODE April 29: Kerala is moving towards paperless documentation of primary health care details of its citizens. The Health Department is planning to do away with the practice of its ground-level staff concurrently keeping registers containing health-related data with the information being digitized as part of the eHealth programme.
According to a recent order issued by the department, “many registers will be unnecessary as data is available in the server and can be accessed any time.”
The Director of Health Services, project director, eHealth, and the State Mission Director, National Health Mission, have been instructed to examine reports furnished manually from institutions which have been covered under eHealth and ensure that “wherever possible there is no need for paper reports.”
Department sources said that junior health inspectors and junior public health nurses, health inspectors and public health nurses, and health supervisors and public health nurse supervisors now concurrently keep registers and consolidated reports on health-care data.
This would stop now as the data collected at the ground level would directly be uploaded to the server, which could be accessed by the senior staff. With this, the workload of the staff would come down.
The personal data of citizens in Aadhaar have already been connected to the server.
Collecting details of children and pregnant women, and their immunisation and treatment records would be completed next.
The order says that the reports needed by the Director of Medical Education, Director of Health Services and National Health Mission would be modified or the software would make it possible to generate the reports without manual help.
The project director, eHealth, the State Mission Director, National Health Mission, and Director, Health Services, will furnish a report in a month on the reports to be provided from institutions covered under eHealth.
However, some officers are still demanding separate manual registers. The order says that “the government has clarified that when data is available in the eHealth server, it will be adequate documentation for administrative purpose.”
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