Indian Railways has selected RailTel Corporation of India Limited for the deployment of Hospital Management Information System (HMIS), an integrated clinical information system, for improved administration and patient healthcare at its 125 health facilities and 650 polyclinics across India.

The software allows customisation of clinical data as per the departments and laboratories. Its multi-hospital feature offers cross consultation besides seamless interface with medical and other equipment.

Patients are expected to benefit by enabling them to have access to all their medical records on their mobile device.

RailTel and the Indian Ministry of Railways signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the modalities of executing the work.

HMIS is an open-source software that will be deployed over the cloud.

Indian Railway Board chairman VK Yadav said: “We are embracing digitization across all spheres and are continuously undergoing change. The HMIS platform will be connected to the Unique Medical Identity System. A Centre of Excellence for Artificial Intelligence (AI) is underway which will drive these technological changes be it artificial intelligence, data analytics or app-based services.

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“Our strategic relationship with RailTel has always been based on merit and they continue to help us implement variety of projects such as the Video Surveillance System, E-Office Services, Content on Demand,, Wi-fi across major railway stations in India “.

RailTel chairman and managing director Puneet Chawla said: “Proof of Concept of the HMIS has already been established by the implementation of the hospital management information system in South Central Railway and a pan India deployment is being considered in a phased manner. Traditional forms of record keeping has its own limitations and we believe that the integration of technology is the only way to achieve scale, cost efficiencies, ease of access besides other benefits.”