Minister orders data computerisation of industrial workers


Punjab Minister for Labour and Human Resource Raja Ashfaq Sarwar has expressed indignation over lethargic attitude of IT department and administration of Nawaz Sharif Security Hospital (NSSSH) Multan Road for not making functional its “Health Management Information System” after delay of five years. He has given a deadline to the medical superintendent and IT director of the hospital to complete the task of data computerisation of all the secured industrial workers and their family members till February 15, issue them digitalised health cards as well encouraging paper-free health services to labour community.

He issued these directions on Monday during a briefing in this regard at NSSSH Multan Road. Vice Commissioner Punjab Employees Social Security Institute (PESSI) Khalid Salim, PESSI DG Rana Muhammad Hanif, Director Medical Nasir Jamal Pasha, MS Prof. Dr. Ashraf Nizami and heads of different departments were present on this occasion. Director IT Salim Zubair while briefing the minister said that HMIS deployment was started after inauguration of the data centre in 2013 with the timeline of two years as per agreement between Shaukat Khanum Memorial and PESSI. He informed hat system has been integrated with main PESSI website, PACS server has been installed and interfacing of CT scan machines and pathology machines had been completed, counter consultancy order is running in functional, outdoor patients set up has been configured and functional and laboratory information system has been installed and working along with on counter workers registration.

The IT director further said that workers registration, bio-metric attendance, pay role management, IP based CCTV surveillance are set functional at NSSSH along with the establishment of PESSI data centre.

He apprised that workers registration portal has been deployed and functional all over PESSI Directorates, 59975 registered units have been entered, 291,279 workers have been registered in computerised data based along with their 465,700 dependents, 190 computers deployed in different wards and departments of the hospital.

Ashfaq Sarwar expressed his displeasure over the slow pace of work in HMIS as computerised registration of more than 800,000 secured workers along with their 5,000,000 dependents was still pending with the IT department. The facility of HMIS was only functional at orthopedic, pathology and TB departments.

The minister directed MS and IT director to improve mutual coordination and accelerate the pace of work as a team to complete the task in given timeline. With completion of HMIS of the hospital, not only time will be saved from long documentation process but transparency, good governance and delivery of best possible health facilities to this deprived section of the society would become possible, he concluded.