NIMS diagnostic services open to all

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NIMS diagnostic services open to all. The Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) recently announced its revised medical policies and said that the hospital would provide diagnostic services not only for its patients but also for patients from other hospitals, who have been referred for check-ups.

Hospital to have HIS facility soon

The Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) recently announced its revised medical policies and said that the hospital would provide diagnostic services not only for its patients but also for patients from other hospitals, who have been referred for check-ups.

The decision was taken after a series of discussions by the hospital’s executive committee. Officials confirmed, “The work to set up the diagnostic wing are on in full-swing. Initially we would have the master health check-up facility. But in the near future, we are confident that we would be able to make a full-fledged diagnostic centre for independent patients.”

On comparing the services of private diagnostic centres with that of the NIMS, the cost would be nearly 30-40 per cent less. The hospital would levy the same fees from both inpatients and outsiders.

“Once fully established, this diagnostic centre would be able to run tests to configure 2000 different types of diseases,” shared an official.

To ensure that the hospital’s diagnostic centre would be able to do complete justice to its patients and independents, it would have to appoint an additional 50-60 lab technicians to run the diagnostic centre. A highly placed source said that by August-end the diagnostic centre would be up and running.

HIS to be in place by Feb

Apart from setting up a new diagnostic centre, the NIMS is also set to become the first government hospital in AP to establish the Hospital Information System (HIS). After prolonged debates and discussions for nearly half-a-decade, the hospital was set to begin the HIS from January 26. Though there has been a delay in the process due to the recent seizure of movable properties by the GHMC, the officials are confident that the new system would be set up by February. The HIS is a comprehensive, integrated information system designed to manage all the aspects of a hospital’s operations such as medical, administrative, financial, legal and the corresponding service processing.

While private hospitals across the country have a well established HIS, government hospitals often do not have the system in place. Officials at the NIMS feel that this would be a great step to bring about transparency in the hospital that lacked financial and administrative discipline.

According to them, it is extremely difficult to track files regarding purchases, material management, patient management, lab investigation, online reporting, records maintenance, etc at the NIMS.

A deal was struck recently with the government agency, Center for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), for installation of the system at the hospital. It was learnt that the same form of system would be extended by the state government in other government hospitals too.

Dr L Narendranath, director, NIMS, in an interview with a local daily, said, “We plan to make it fully operational in a year. The state government would pay for the software while the NIMS would be funded for the hardware and customisation of the software. The system would be installed department wise.”

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