Tata Memorial Centre Cancer Hospital, the country’s best known address for cancer care, has achieved 100% “cashless” transactions by using exclusive hospital-specific pre-paid ‘smartcard’, said a press release from the ministry of health and family welfare.The hospital, which functions under the aegis of the department of atomic energy, allows patients to not only use the smart card to make cashless payments but even allows them to access their electronic medical records. The pre-paid smartcard is handed over to patients the moment they register themselves at the hospital, whether as an in-patient or out-patient.
Union minister of state (independent charge) for atomic energy and space, Dr Jitendra Singh, who recently visited the Tata Memorial Centre Cancer Hospital, said the hospital had taken a lead in promoting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s campaign for cashless transactions. The Tata Memorial Centre Cancer Hospital is possibly the first hospital in the government sector that allows all its transactions for treatment, investigation, management among others through cashless payments.
On November 8, when the Prime Minister announced the demonetisation drive, the hospital recorded 287 cashless transactions amounting to Rs 45 lakh on that single day.
But on December 15, the minister said, the number of cashless transactions during a single day went up almost double to 525 amounting to Rs 65 lakh.
Dr Singh said that once the card is in the possession of a patient or his/her attendants, it can be used for making payments for diagnostic investigations, purchase of medicines, hospital charges, among other. In addition, the card also provides access to the patient’s hospital record and other details that he can share for seeking medical consultation from time to time.
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