Four premier hospitals including All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) and Sports Injury Center (SIC) will go online for booking out-patient-department (OPD) appointments from July 1, 2015.
The government of India has developed an e-Hospital portal under its 'Digital India Initiative'. Patients will be able to book appointments for OPD check-ups and diagnostics, seek details of blood type availability and to get lab reports online.
Online services are expected to reduce the rush in hospitals, to bring in more transparency mainly in the public healthcare system where seeking treatment has become increasingly difficult with huge waiting lists.
Though, the portal will take time to facilitate hospital admissions online, currently it is focused on bringing in more hospitals on to the platform for OPD appointments, blood availability and other services.
For the past few months, the service was linked with Aadhaar and run on a pilot basis at AIIMS. Patients were required to visit AIIMS at least once to get a permanent Unique Health Identification number (UHID), which is mandatory for treatment at the institute. However, the latest system would enable patients to sit at home and get a UHID as well as an appointment.