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In house preparation & generation of bar coded smart cards for gas victims
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Subject Area="Health information systems." Objective="Authenticating patients through bar coded smart cards"
Details for Reform Option "In house preparation & generation of bar coded smart cards for gas victims"
Summary

Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Centre, a 350 – bedded multi – specialty tertiary care centre situated at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, which is the centre / heart of India. The institute was stated as per the directive of the honorable Supreme Court of India to provide advanced tertiary level super – specialty care to the victims of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy (1984) as well as to extend its services to the public at large. The hospital is a referral and tertiary care centre for the thousands of gas tragedy victims who are first seen at the primary care level in the 8 mini units (satellite health centers) spread around in the city, and then referred to the advance and specialized departments at the hospital. The concept for generating in – house bar coded smart cards for the gas victims was conceptualized in October 2013, though BMHRC has introduced chip based smart card initially for gas victims with little success and in between BMHRC started making manual cards for gas victims with no benefits. It is evident and true that if we ask any hospital administrator the least efficient area of a hospital and the answer is unanimous: Registration. Each patient admission or visit requires patient verification, entry of patient data manually on admission form, and reason for admission. Each of these time – consuming processes can be tremendously foreshortened by having all of that information available on a bar coded smart card. The bar would authenticate the user, and provide access to the hospital’s admissions software program, thereby, saving additional time, money, and headaches for all involved. Presently approximately 3.80 lakhs gas victims are registered with BMHRC and the number is increasing as even the dependants of gas victims also being provided treatment free of cost. Looking into the larger data base, chances of fraud cannot be ruled out. The idea was to check the fraud by authenticating patients through bar coded smart card.

Cost
Place BMHRC, Bhopal and the scheme was implemented in December 2013
Time Frame Approximately 3 months
Advantages

a) Affordability – Cost – Bar coded smart cards held an important cost advantage over microchip cards. b)Durability – Much more durable in harsh, dirty or outdoor environment. c) User friendly cards.

Challanges

No disadvantages

Prerequisites

a) In house development of functionality of smart card services b) Testing of functionality of smart card services c) Deployment of functionality of smart card services in Admission, Discharge and Transfer module (ADT) d) Implementation of Standard Operating Procedures for distribution of smart cards to gas victims.

Who needs to be consulted

In house development

Risks

Sustainability

The initiative is self sustaining and will continue for future.

Chances of Replication

Replication would be difficult as bar coded smart cards are generated through ADT module

Comments

Results achieved a) Savings in terms of time b) Prompt processing of generation of smart card c) Timely distribution of smart cards to mini units and patients d) Control on duplicate / missing cards

Contact

Nitin Bhatia Senior Manager Operations BMHRC, Raisen Bypass Road, Karond Chowk, Bhopal – 462038 Cell number +91 94256 08410 Tel. number +91 755 2742212 ext. 5005 Email – it@bmhrc.org

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Nitin Bhatia Senior Manager Operations BMHRC, Raisen Bypass Road, Karond Chowk, Bhopal – 462038 Cell number +91 94256 08410 Tel. number +91 755 2742212 ext. 5005 Email – it@bmhrc.org

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