The Standing Finance Committee on Wednesday gave approval in principle to the planned upgrade of the Hospital Information System (HIS) by the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) with versions software updates, in which health services will be digitized and made patient-friendly.
The PGIMER had tabled 30 agendas on Wednesday in the permanent finance committee chaired by the Union’s health secretary. PGIMER Director Dr. Vivek Lal and Deputy Director (Administration) Kumar Gaurav Dhawan had discussed 15 of the total agendas including the ₹27 crore HIS version 2 project. The remaining agendas will be discussed on Friday.
“The committee approved PGIMER’s plan to replace the 15-year-old HIS system with the latest and fastest technology. In addition, the committee asked us to provide more details on the project, which our team will submit to you soon. Once approved, we will begin to implement the project by purchasing hardware and IT systems. It will take around 6 months to get the initial installations for the project,” Dhawan said.
The Hospital Information System (HIS) Version 2 project will improve the patient and healthcare technology services in the institute, the queue management system and facilitate the integration of digital missions of the Government of India including the Ayushman Bharat digital mission and the “eSanjeevani” project.
“Projects such as digital payments using QR codes will be integrated and the harassment of our patients will decrease significantly,” Dhawan added.
’28 new assistant professor positions’
Among other approved agendas, the SFC also gave a nod to the creation of 28 new assistant professor positions and 5 demonstrators in different departments of the institute.
“This is the first step in creating new positions as the agenda will now go to the governing body, then to the institute body, to the union ministry of health and at the union finance ministry,” Dhawan said.