All India Institute of Medical Sciences-Bhubaneswar will launch ‘e-health card’, a smart card that would story patients’ ailment and treatment history, on the occasion of its inauguration scheduled to be held here on Wednesday.

Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will dedicate the AIIMS-Bhubaneswar to the nation.

“The bar-coded ‘e-health card’ will be introduced in a phased manner for employees of AIIMS-Bhubaneswar, chronic patients and general public. Patient’s history could be retrieved from ‘e-health card, size of which is like of a debit or credit card, through a card reader,” AIIMS-Bhubaneswar Director Ashok Mohapatra said, addressing a press conference here on Tuesday.

“We are still discussing various issues concerning the smart card such as data security, data misuse and data management,” Prof. Mohapatra said.

The smart card is part of uniform Hospital Information Management System which will be implemented in six AIIMS in the country. “We hope that one card will be accepted in all six AIIMS institutions in future,” he said.

The AIIMS-Bhubaneswar is contemplating to distribute about 10,000 to 20,000 cards in the first phase.

Advance centres

Besides, the AIIMS-Bhubaneswar has decided to set up advance centres in four disciplines such as the Advanced Centre for Mental health and Neurosciences, Advanced Cardiac Centre, Oncology centre and Transplant institute. The premiere institute has estimated to spend Rs. 100 crore on these centres for which finance committee has already given its approval.

AIIMS-Bhubaneswar will also set up an extension campus at Balasore. In the first phase, this campus would have 200-bedded hospital. The second phase would see the hospital being converted into 150-bedded super-speciality hospital. “Our faculties will spend two to three months in the campus,” said AIIMS-Bhubaneswar Director.

Besides, AIIMS-Bhubaneswar is looking at setting up two rural and urban health centres in the periphery of Bhubaneswar — one at Mendhasal and another at Tangi.

The hospital of AIIMS-Bhubaneswar has already started the patient care services in limited scale in the form of speciality clinics in major clinical disciplines, speciality clinics, investigative procedures, surgical interventions and community health services. The Outdoor Patient Department services have started from July 8, 2013. Till end of January 2014, approximately 65,000 consultations have been made in different OPDs.

Multidisciplinary speciality clinics

The institute runs afternoon multidisciplinary speciality clinics such as Sleep Clinic, Pain Clinic, Infertility Clinic, Lung Cancer Clinic, Thalassemia Clinic, Retina Clinic, Glaucoma Clinic, Head and Neck Oncology Clinic and Orthodontic Clinic. The in-patients services have been made operational from December 27, 2013. A total of 126 beds are equipped till date, which include 10 ICU beds, 30 causality beds and 6 recovery beds.

When AIIMS-Bhubaneswar will be fully operational, it will have staff strength of more than 4,000 including 310 faculties, 600 residents and 2,000 nurses and 1,000-bedded hospital.

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