Now, AIIMS uploads details of unidentified patients

Now, AIIMS uploads details of unidentified patients

Now, AIIMS uploads details of unidentified patients

The AIIMS has started uploading details of unidentified patients in medico-legal cases who are brought to the emergency department in critical condition. This will help relatives promptly trace patients if they have gone missing or have met with accidents.

The hospital is uploading photos and details of the kind of injury such patients have received on a real-time basis on the AIIMS website.

The software has been integrated into the AIIMS portal in which people will be able to scroll down and check patients’ details.

The patient data can be accessed under the tab of ‘Important Links’, under which there is a sub-category of “List of Unknown Patient’.

Identification number
There are images of the patients along with the date of registration and the Unique Health Identification Number (UHID) assigned to each patient for future reference. 
“AIIMS has developed a programme which is enabling us to upload the details of such patients immediately after they are brought into the emergency. The idea is to help family members of such patients track them as early as possible.

“This is in mandate with a Delhi government guideline which said details of unidentified patients be put in the public domain,” said Dr Deepak Aggarwal, Neurosurgeon & In-Charge of the IT wing, AIIMS.

The hospital receives a high traffic of patients who are brought in an unconscious state after suffering severe injuries in an accident or are suffering from dementia and are unable to communicate their details.

“These are patients who have no documents on them. A high percentage of such patients are accident victims. There are also destitutes who were brought to the hospital in an emergency medical condition and they do not have identification.

The process of publishing photos on newspaers, a usual protocol, takes long time. This is an additional feature which will help fasttrack the process,” said Dr Aggarwal.

The flip side is only techno-savvy patients will be able to use this method.
However, the service has not picked up pace yet. Details of around 20 patients have been uploaded so far.

“We are further upgrading the system and will soon publicise the service well so that more people are aware of this facility,” said Dr Aggarwal.

The hospital has also made available online OPD system available to people. This system can be integrated with their Aadhar numbers.