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State computerises prescription system

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Deccan Chronicle 31.08.2009

State computerises prescription system

August 31st, 2009
By Our Correspondent

Chennai, Aug. 30: To avoid dangerous mix-ups in hospital prescriptions, the Tamil Nadu government has introduced a computerised prescription system in 40 government hospitals. It will soon extend the patient friendly system to 200 hospitals across the state, at a cost of Rs 40 crore, health secretary V.K. Subburaj said, at a conference on patient safety.

“There are certain medicines that are classified ‘high alert’ drugs, that could be fatal if administered to the wrong patient. By taking some simple steps to avoid wrong prescriptions and adopting other patient safety measures where surgery is concerned, many lives can be saved,” said Dr Mahesh Vakamudi, HOD, Anesthesiology at Sri Ramachandra Medical University (SRMU).

“While bigger hospitals are required to have these systems in place by the accrediting organisations, smaller clinics need to make an effort to achieve better quality healthcare,” Dr Vakamundi added.

With the World Health Organisation’s goal for the year being ‘Patient safety- safe surgeries save lives’, SRMU and the Indian confederation for healthcare have undertaken the task of driving home the need for standard treatment procedures among smaller hospitals, nursing homes and Public Health Centres.

“While several studies have revealed that 65 per cent of injections administered in Indian hospitals are unsafe, government hospitals follow the WHO safe injection policy, and only use separate disposable syringes. 70 per cent of our injections are safe, and we will soon take it to 100 per cent,” Mr Subburaj said.

Addressing the concern over hospital acquired infection, Subburaj suggested that all medical professionals be immunised against Hepatitis B, to avoid cross infection in the overcrowded hospitals.

This year, WHO has formulated a three-stage checklist for the surgical team to check before, during and after surgery, involving basic precautions


M-governance to add one more payment mode for utilities

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The Times of India 25.08.2009

M-governance to add one more payment mode for utilities

CHENNAI: Come September, Chennaites will have the option of paying their utility bills through their mobile phones. The state government is planning to launch its m-governance' or mobile governance programme, as an important mode of service delivery to the public.

The project is likely to be launched at India's annual Information and Communication Technology event, Connect 2009 at Chennai on September 10 and officials are working against time to roll out the project on that day. "We are hoping to launch the project at Connect," officials said. This will make Tamil Nadu the first state in the country to deploy such a scheme.

Initially, the project will be rolled out in Chennai. "Initial services to be offered will be services like paying your utility bills through your mobile phones. People can use a simple SMS based service to pay utilities like property tax, electricity bills, water tax, etc through their mobiles. This service will be a standalone service apart from the existing internet payment, payment through ATM's and the normal mode of payment of bills. We are envisaging m-governance initially to help in better compliance when it comes to payment of bills," the sources added.

With Chennai having the highest teledensity in the country compared to the low internet penetration, the government decided to utilise the new and easy technology to take services to the peoples' finger tips. Over the past month, Electronic Corporation of Tamil Nadu (Elcot) has been holding talks with the mobile service providers, government departments, financial institutions like banks, payment gateways and others concerned to deliver citizen centric services through mobiles to get the system functional by September 10. " We are trying to bring everyone on board soon," state government officials said.

Defiance Tech, a firm owned by the Hinduja Group, is developing the application required for m-governance. The application would be compatible with the mobile service providers, banks, payment gateways and public utility companies like Corporation, Metrowater and Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB). Initially, the launch will cover only Chennai, the capital city.

"We are also exploring the possibility of using GPRS and IVRS (Integrated Voice Recognition System) on the mobile phone to make use of this facility. These will be well within RBI guidelines. We will add more services once the project kicks off," officials told ToI.

The specifications of each service are being worked out with the three government departments providing utility services in the city, officials said. Already, some district administrations have introduced m-governance in a small way to provide certificates of birth and death, patta among others.

Of course, there is a glitch as the banks and government agencies are still reluctant to allow access to their database due to security concerns, officials say. During expansion, the key challenges would be lack of digitised content and tackling reluctance of government departments.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 August 2009 05:18

e-tendering process introduced

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The Hindu 22.08.2009

e-tendering process introduced

An initiative by Corporation to ensure transparency

MADURAI: The Corporation has introduced e-tendering process that would provide more transparency in floating tenders related to local body works.

In a statement, Corporation Commissioner (in-charge) K. Sakthivel said that e-tender would clear apprehensions of people over participating in the conventional tender process. People could download the tender forms from their residences or offices for any part of the work without having to come to the Corporation office. The tender form could be filed online.

Bid opening process

The e-tenders would be opened in front of all the officials concerned. “Even if one of the officials is involved in the e-tendering process, the bids could not be opened. Hence it ensures additional safeguards to the bidders,” he said.

The contractors would be issued e-tokens after their signatures are registered with National Informatics Centre, Tata Consultancy and Sify. Twenty one Corporation officials, including Assistant Commissioners, Executive Engineers, and Assistant Executive Engineers have been provided with e-tokens.

The Corporation would make use of e-tendering process to award works exceeding Rs. 10 lakh, Mr. Sakthivel said.

Last Updated on Saturday, 22 August 2009 09:09

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