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Patients were seen walking inside a shipment container in Dhanas Colony on Monday. This container was no ordinary box, it was a health kiosk equipped with all basic diagnostic tools, ranging from ECG and basic blood tests to spirometry (lung test) and liver-function test.

The kiosk, inaugurated by administrator V P Singh Badnore, has been linked with the PGIMER and Government Multi-specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16. Apart from collecting data vital to health care in the UT, the health kiosk is going to lessen the burdoen on the OPD at PGIMER. The kiosk will also provide all the data it collects to the premier health institute in Sector 12.

It also has a facility to Skype with doctors at PGIMER and GMSH-16. Even the ECG's soft copy need not to be carried, as it will be transmitted electronically to the PGIMER and GMSH.

If this model succeeds in Chandigarh, it can be emulated elsewhere in Punjab and Haryana to decongest patient rush. "Under the corporate social responsibility, Hewlett-Packard and Panchkula-based Recorders and Medicare Systems have helped us in setting up this centre. There are patients coming to the kiosk, as it has all basic investigations offered by us free of cost. The idea is to screen patients and forward only those cases which need the expertise available at PGIMER," said Dr Meenu Singh, in charge of telemedicine department, PGIMER.

For three months now, diagnostic facilities are being run at dispensaries in Dhanas, Sector 35, Dadumajra and Behlana, where 4,213 patients have been registered to date. "Dhanas has the kiosk, while the other centres have diagnostic kits. There are many places in Andhra Pradesh where these kiosks are being run in public-private partnership mode," said Dr Amit, department of telemedicine, PGIMER.


Autor(en)/Author(s): Shimona Kanwar

Quelle/Source: The Times of India, 21.11.2017

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