Indian Healthcare Industry Prescribing A Dose Of Technology

Ayushman Baruah | InformationWeek | October 22, 2012

...Max Healthcare which has been at the forefront of delivering healthcare services in Delhi-NCR has moved to an Electronic Health Records (EHR) system from their existing Hospital Information System (HIS). The group implemented an open source EHR system, WorldVistA, with the goals of minimizing the need for paper records, allowing order entry by the doctors in the system itself, and enabling easy access to patient records. The system was hosted on a private cloud and was interfaced with laboratory, radiology and pharmacy to allow real-time access to any patient record.

The system included Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) for documenting, ordering, reporting and viewing of clinical information. Apart from this, Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA) was implemented along with unit dose dispensing policy to track and reduce waste, returns and medication errors. An m-health system for accessing laboratory reports and radiology images was also implemented for improving turnaround times of starting care plans.

Today, Max Healthcare facilities catering to 1,000 beds have gone live using the system and all the patients admitted have their records on the system. Till date, the system has approximately processed data of 104,130 patient-days across the facilities that are live with 3,123,900 pharmacy orders, 2,603,250 laboratory orders, 520,650 radiology orders and 312,390 bedside procedures...