Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that 100 district hospitals in Uttar Pradesh will be on the ‘E-hospitals’ platform within six months according to ANI. This would mean that all the 100 district hospitals will receive the Hospital Management Information System (HMIS). The new digital system will help doctors see the medical history of the patients and all medical records online. The system will also introduce e-cash payment cards for the patients. The system will also let the doctors check the availability of medicines before he prescribes a medicine, according to the Indian Express.
Ravi Shankar Prasad had last month said that India’s digital economy is set to grow to USD 1 trillion from the current USD 270 billion by 2024. The minister added that the government was taking the help of management consulting firm McKinsey to help formulate a Digital India Index. The index will evaluate the Centre and the states on various indices such as eHealth, eGovernance, eEducation and digital infrastructure. The minister said that the digital economy will help the nation align its goals of expanding the economy as well as to increase employment opportunities, according to an Indian Express report.
In another medical initiative in the state, Uttar Pradesh CM Adityanath launched a campaign to eradicate encephalitis disease in late May. The Chief Minister launched the campaign in 38 districts of the state. Hundreds of children die due to encephalitis in Uttar Pradesh every year. The Chief Minister said, “The campaign has been launched to make UP encephalitis free in a few years.” Nearly 40,000 children have died due to the disease in Uttar Pradesh in the last few decades, as reported by the Indian Express.