The Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan launched the IT Project, e-Health Kerala which is named Jeevan Rekha at Peroorkada Model Government Hospital.The project has been developed by the Health Department in association with the state IT Mission. It aims to create a centralized database that will have the complete healthcare records of all the citizens in the state through the digitization of government hospitals.
The function, which was presided over by health minister K K Shylaja, also marked the inauguration of the distribution of 8,000 tablet computers for health workers to conduct the public health survey for creating the database. The comprehensive health project, funded mostly by the central government, aims at creating an integrated healthcare cloud that will have the complete healthcare records of all the citizens in the state, through the digitization of government hospitals.
Vijayan said that the e-Health Kerala scheme will bring a revolutionary change in the health sector of Kerala. “Kerala is the first state to implement the project. It will cost around Rs 96 crore. The most important and visible outcome of this digital framework will be the creation of a patient-friendly interface for the public healthcare institutions all over the state. The wholehearted support of the staff and the people of Kerala are essential to implement the project successfully,” he said.
Shylaja said e-Health will set a base for Aardram, one of the four flagship projects of the government, aimed at improving quality and facilities at government hospitals and to enable treatment at a reasonable price. “The project will be helpful for citizens in many ways. It will reduce the queues at hospitals and laboratories. Using their unique health IDs, they will be able to access every documents related to their health from anywhere anytime. Moreover, the project will allow the state to closely monitor the health of its people and can take effective control measures over contagious diseases.
Rajeev Sadanandan, additional chief secretary (Health), said that the database will have every detail with regard to a person’s health. “It includes, lab details, medicines they take, treatment they undergo. It will also have the details about their residences including drinking water facility, waste management etc,” he said.