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Govt Directs Jaipur Hospitals to Use QR Codes to Improve Healthcare Facilities

Written by : Nikita Saha

April 2, 2024

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The state health department has directed that all the hospitals attached to medical colleges should have the QR code.

The Rajasthan health department has directed all the hospitals attached to medical colleges in Jaipur to install QR code.

Following the dictate, all government-run hospitals in Jaipur have started instituting QR code scanning facilities. This has been made effective from April 1st.

Talking about the development, Dr Achal Sharma, medical superintendent, SMS hospital, said, “We are using QR code for cleanliness and now we are putting efforts to use it for registration of patients. We are also making efforts to use technology for token system in OPDs to do away with queues. For the purpose, IT department is helping us.”

Objective Behind the Initiative

The QR Code has been deployed to improve healthcare facilities for patients. With the help of these scanners, patients and their attendants can raise complaints or offer suggestions regarding hospital cleanliness and service quality.

Moreover, the government aims to leverage the QR codes for patient registration. Further, efforts are being made to use this technology for token systems in OPDs, doing away with queues.

In this series, SMS Hospital has roped in the IT department for this digital transformation. It is preparing a project using a QR code for registering patients and electronic token systems for OPDs.

Efforts are underway to expand QR code usage beyond cleanliness and registration. Hospitals can also leverage QR codes to monitor cleanliness.

The state health department has ensured that all medical colleges’ affiliated hospitals adopt QR codes.

Further, show-cause notices were issued to principals and controllers of eight medical colleges that initially lagged in implementing this tech.

The eight medical colleges include JLN Medical College Hospital Ajmer, Sardar Patel Medical College Bikaner, Medical College Hospital Dungarpur, Sampurnanand Medical College Jodhpur, Medical College Hospital and Jaipuria Hospital of Rajasthan University of Health Sciences Jaipur, Dental College Hospital of Rajasthan Health Sciences University Jaipur, Medical College Sikar and Sawai Man Singh Medical College Jaipur.

Reportedly, these colleges received show-cause notices for not implementing artificial intelligence-based (QR Code) cleanliness systems in the hospitals affiliated with medical colleges.

By embracing QR codes, the state government seeks to prioritize patient convenience and deliver better healthcare services in the state.

Leveraging QR Codes in Healthcare

Last month, the Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB) proposed affixing barcodes or QR codes on all vaccine products to regulate vaccine distribution and usage in the country.

In a recent meeting, the DTAB deliberated implementing stricter regulations to ensure the quality and safety of vaccine products. Further, this initiative also aligns with the necessary standards for the upcoming World Health Organization (WHO) Global Benchmarking of Vaccines.

With this development, DTAB aims to enhance tracking mechanisms and ensure the quality and safety of vaccines distributed in the country.

Earlier in September, Kenko Health, a health financing startup, unveiled Kenko Pay, a QR-based cashless OPD service, intending to modernize healthcare financing in India.

This solution is poised to help Kenko subscribers manage their medical expenses by offering cashless transactions using their subscription benefits, eliminating the need for out-of-pocket spending.


About Chime India

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving senior digital health leaders. CHIME includes more than 5,000 members in 56 countries and two US territories and partners with over 150 healthcare IT businesses and professional services firms. CHIME enables its members and business partners to collaborate, exchange ideas, develop professionally and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and care throughout the communities they serve. CHIME's members are chief information officers (CIOs), chief medical information officers (CMIOs), chief nursing information officers (CNIOs), chief innovation officers (CIOs), chief digital officers (CDOs), and other senior healthcare leaders. The CHIME India Chapter became the first international chapter outside North America in 2016 and is now a community of over 70+ members in India. For more information, please visit www.chimecentral.org

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