With new IT gizmos, Civil hospital set to get new outlook


The Hospital Information Management System (HIMS) at the Civil Hospital Karachi is in the implementation phase and so far, 42 modules have been deployed and are being tested.
According to the progress report for the month of August submitted to the chief secretary by provincial Information Technology Section Officer (Technical) Sarwat Jahan, after the signing of contract agreement for the project, installation of structured cabling with passive equipments has been finished in all wards of the hospital.
A state-of-the-art data centre has been set up and computers have been provided in different departments as per requirement to run the HIMS application modules.
The total estimated cost of the project is Rs 137.06 million while the contract cost is Rs 119.87 million. Expenditures in the 2010-11 were Rs 120.82 million. Therefore, allocation of the funds for the current financial year is Rs 16.43 million. Moreover, the release of the funds for the current financial year is Rs 5.56 million and expenditure cost in August was Rs 0.87 million.
The project was started in the 2009 with the aim to enable the hospital to provide most effective and efficient healthcare services to the community as well as produce the best possible business practices in the hospital errands from purchasing and procurement of hospital supplies to scheduling duties and channeling/distribution of resources. 
The departments of the hospital that are running in live environment include OPD Registration, Accident & Emergency Registration, Admission Management, SW Admin,
OPD Generic, OPD Surgery, Operation Theatre, OPD Cardiology, OPD Dental, OPD Ophthalmology, In-Patient Department (Doctor and Nursing), Picture Archiving Computer System, OPD Peads, OPD Hepatitis, OPD Dermatology, OPD Chest, OPD Peads Surgery, OPD Burns and Pain Management, OPD Diabetics, Human Resource System, OPD Rabies, OPD Neurology and OPD Cancer.
According to the report, requirements and data gathering for the remaining modules and modification are under consultation with the stakeholder.
The Civil Hospital Karachi is one of the largest hospitals in the country, and hospitals need robust HMIS systems to properly treat patients. Several private hospitals in the country have been running their own HIMS solutions, the largest and most notable being that of the Aga Khan University Hospital.