KARNATAKA

Acharya keen on ‘medical records’ course

Staff Correspondent

Belgaum: Minister for Medical Education V.S. Acharya has proposed to introduce “Diploma in Medical Records”, a two-year diploma course, in medical colleges in the State.

Inaugurating the Third State Medical Record Conference here on Saturday, he was happy to learn that Belgaum Institute of Medical Sciences (BIMS), a city-based government medical college, had already started the course in medical records from this academic year 2007-08. He said the Government would expeditiously approve proposals to start the course in other colleges as well.

The conference was organised by the medical records department, BIMS, and District Government Hospital, Belgaum. Suresh C. Angadi, MP, along with over 100 delegates from across the State participated in the conference.

Highlighting the importance of medical records, Dr. Acharya described it as the “back bone” of medical research. It was highly important for forensic investigations, including those pertaining to medico-legal cases and to settle insurance claims. He also stressed the need for computerising medical records for quick and easy access to the data.

Aim

Earlier, D. Sannaveerabhadrappa, secretary, Karnataka Health Records Association, and executive member of the Health Records Association, Chennai, highlighted the objectives of the conference. It was organised to create greater awareness among all medical professionals.

The conference would also facilitate a unique opportunity to learn and interact with one another on the recent developments in the medical records department, he added.

BIMS director and principal Gurumurthy and assistant medical records officer, BIMS, Keshavrao T. spoke. The inaugural event was followed by two technical sessions.

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