On the eve of New Year, I was searching for a robust story to rejuvenate the dream of digital India and to glace at the historic push by our Prime Minister to bring a larger economy under the digital ecosystem. I realized that an initiative has also been undertaken to ensure that all Indians have access to affordable healthcare and treatment.
Online Registration System , is one such initiative led by the government which will strengthen the primary health care. The online platform can be used by citizens having Aadhaar which will help to enroll for appointments in hospitals across various States and Union Territories of India. Through this service, getting an OPD appointment, lab reports and blood availability in any government hospital has become online and easy.
Online Registration System is being implemented in hospitals where counter based Out Patient Department (OPD) registration and appointment system through Hospital Management Information System (HMIS) has been digitized.
Portal facilitates online appointments with various departments of different Hospitals using Know Your Customer data of Aadhaar number and all registered patients gets an appointment as well as Unique Health Identification (UHID) number.
Efforts have been made to make the appointment process easy and hassle free. For instance, like for your first visit to hospital, registration and appointment with doctor is made simpler. All you have to do is verify yourself using Aadhaar Number, Select Hospital and Department, Select date of Appointment and receive SMS for Appointment.
The portal also has imbedded feature of showing the total number of Hospitals for which appointment can be taken through web along with their departments for which online appointment can be taken can be seen in reports. Detail reports showing information about New and Old patients taking appointment through this portal can be seen.
Hospitals can come on board on this platform and provide their appointment slots for online booking by patients. The system facilitates Hospitals to easily manage their registration and appointment process and monitor them.
Since its inception in 2015, total 61 hospitals have been enrolled and 532,005 online appointments have been made. With a hope that in 2017, this initiative will be used extensively by every Indian to get an easy access to healthcare with just one click.