PHARMABIZ : Healthenablr Urges Govt To Make It Mandatory For Health Facilities To Digitise Patients' Medical Record

Healthenablr, Mumbai based data-driven tele-healthcare company, has urged the Union government to make it compulsory for healthcare organisations and givers to digitise patients' medical record to ensure accessible, affordable and high quality healthcare in the country.

The tele-healthcare start-up had submitted a proposal to the government related to the digitisation of patient health records and use of EMR by the doctor, after the government sought suggestions from concerned stakeholders to make a digital repository of medical history of every citizen.

The initiative is in line with the global focus towards electronic health system – wherein each health facility is computerised and networked and has a database of patient records.

The government has embarked on a novel initiative to create an Aadhaar-linked electronic health record for each citizen. The electronic health record is a computerised health record used to capture, store, access and share information for a patient between health facilities and physicians.

Once digitisation of citizens' health record is done, they will not have to carry their medical record – doctors’ prescriptions and test reports etc – in paper format and a physician will be able to access the entire history on the computer. The database thus maintained at the national level will be vital for the government as it will provide real-time access to information related to diseases, procedures, medicines for each hospital across the country.

The government plans to introduce a bill in parliament to set up National e-Health Authority to develop and encourage e-health ecosystem to ensure quality health services to people in an efficient, cost effective and transparent manner.

“70 per cent of people approach private hospitals seeking quality healthcare. The private hospitals have their own IT system but the data is not flowing from one hospital to another. When a patient goes from one hospital to another, he has to keep the entire record with him. This is where electronic medical records will be of great help,” Mukherjee said.

The Electronic Health Record will streamline the interaction between doctors and patients. Since hospitals and clinicians will have to follow standards while uploading patient information into the computer system, it will lead to structured clinical documentation, he added.

Healthenablr, a tele health platform which was incorporated in September 2015, has been working on creating electronic medical record which connects the patient to every healthcare service provider in the country. The company had raised $800,000 fund in March, 2016 for electronic medical record system.

Mukherjee said US which has been working on Hospital benchmark or all Payer (Insurance) databases is better placed to analyse which facility is not doing well, where untoward deaths occur, where right drugs are not being provided. Our analysis will be limited in absence of sufficient data. If we have data, it will tremendously help the planning process and overseeing the health facilities.

He added that the insurance sector will be a major beneficiary of a countrywide electronic health record system as it will provide a breakup of the treatment procedures, health condition of the patient, hospital details and hence, they will have sufficient data to scrutinize claims made under an insurance policy.