Thiruvananthapuram: Thiruvananthapuram Medical College Hospital (MCH) has become the first ever Government Medical College in the State to become fully computerised.
The hospital information management system implemented at the MCH by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) includes a campus-wide network of 250 nodes with fibre optic backbone and helps in patient admission, ward management, staff scheduling, laboratory management and pay-ward reservations and enquiries.
All patient care activities at the MCH have thereby become automated, with all records, registers and lab reports readily available in the system.
Doctors and nurses can access all information in the wards, making patient management simpler.
At the MCH, where thousands turn up at the out-patient clinics and casualty as patients and visitors, this quick retrieval of information will make things easier for hospital administrators as well as users.
The hospital information management system was switched on by V. Sivankutty, MLA, here on Friday. This was one of the several major initiatives launched at the MCH.
The State's tele-health facilities, which connect the medical colleges to district hospitals and super-specialty hospitals, were launched by Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan.
The websites of MCH Thiruvananthapuram (govtmedicalcollegetvm.in) and Arogya Keralam, the State's health society for implementing the initiatives under the National Rural Health Mission (arogyakeralam.gov.in), were launched by Health Minister P.K. Sreemathy.
Ms. Sreemathy also launched the website of the Medical College Alumni Association (tvmmcalumni.org).
She said that several new initiatives, including a proper placement policy for doctors in the health service and the medical education sector, had been put in place. This would go a long way in making the State's public health system more efficient.
K. Ramamoorthy, Joint Secretary, Union Health Ministry, said a sum of Rs.1,500 crore has been set aside in the 11th Plan for the development of all MCHs in the country. Under the scheme, the MCH here would get more funds to set up better libraries, wards and hostels for students. The Central assistance of Rs.5 crore for the Regional Cancer Centre (RCC) here would soon be released, he added.
Vishwas Mehta, Health Secretary; Dinesh Arora, State Mission Director, NRHM; B.N. Suresh, director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre; Surendran Pillai, MLA; Meenu Hariharan, Director of Medical Education; T.K. Kuttamani, Director of Health Services; Rajan T. Joseph, executive director, C-DAC; M. Krishnan Nair, the former director of RCC and president of Medical College Alumni Association; and A.V. Ramadevi, Principal, MCH, were present.