Hospi­tals to track meds, equip­ment stock in real-time

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

THE DMER PLANS TO UP­GRADE ITS ON­LINE DATA­BASE SO DOC­TORS AND AD­MIN­IS­TRA­TIVE OF­FI­CERS CAN FEED DATA INTO THE SYS­TEM TO IN­CLUDE THE SHORT­AGE OF MEDICINES IN EV­ERY HOS­PI­TAL

MUMBAI: A week af­ter health ac­tivists re­ported a short­age of medicines and equip­ment in state-run hospi­tals in Ma­ha­rash­tra, the Direc­torate of Med­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and Re­search (DMER) has de­cided to up­grade its on­line sys­tem to track the stock of medicines in hospi­tals in real time.

The DMER plans to up­grade the Hos­pi­tal Man­age­ment In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (HMIS) — an on­line data­base of health recordsin­govern­ment-run­hos­pi­tals — so that doc­tors and ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cers can feed data into the sys­tem to in­clude the short­age of medicines in ev­ery hos­pi­tal. Af­ter the up­grade, ev­ery­one, from the doc­tors to the dean of the hos­pi­tal, can be aware of the de­plet­ing medicine and equip­ment stocks through the HMIS.

“We have al­ready hired an agency to build the ad­di­tional sys­tem to keep a track on re­al­time stock usage of gov­ern­men­trun hospi­tals. Ac­cess to the in­for­ma­tion will be given to deans and head of de­part­ments and representatives of the Ma­ha­rash­tra As­so­ci­a­tion of Res­i­dent Doc­tors (MARD) —a body of all 4,500 res­i­dent doc­tors of Ma­ha­rash­tra — so that the short­age of medicines can be com­mu­ni­cated much quicker,” said Dr Pravin Shin­gare, di­rec­tor of DMER

Shin­gare has also an­nounced to pro­vide an ad­di­tional kitty of ₹1 lakh per day to deans and med­i­cal su­per­in­ten­dents to en­sure they do not run out of medicines dur­ing treat­ment. In Mumbai, hospi­tals un­der the JJ group of hospi­tals — Sir JJ Hos­pi­tal, Cama Hos­pi­tal, GT Hos­pi­tal and St Ge­orge Hos­pi­tal — will re­ceive the ben­e­fit of the ad­di­tional kitty.

Shin­gare said the ad­di­tional kitty will be able to re­solve the is­sue of im­me­di­ate short­age of medicines since they would not have to wait for the state gov­ern­ment’s ap­proval to or­der medicines.

In a sur­vey of six ma­jor dis­trict hospi­tals from Nag­pur, Pune, Satara, So­la­pur, Beed and Os­man­abad, the JAA mem­bers had found the lack of avail­abil­ity of 132 medicines, con­sum­ables and other equip­ment.

Of the com­bined stock of these six hospi­tals, there was zero stock of 34% of these 132 medicines and equip­ment. The sur­vey found that only 29% of these medicines and equip­ment in the com­bined stock would last for a week.

The JAA study had re­vealed that only 21% of the medicines and con­sum­ables in the com­bined stock were avail­able in ad­e­quate quan­tity at these hospi­tals.

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