The Indian Navy has introduced a healthcare information management system (HIMS) to improve patient care at all naval hospitals across the country.

The naval hospitals will leverage the enterprise-wide application which assists in operational and management aspects including automation of all patient processes from admission to discharge, and maintaining medical records in digital format.

Indian Navy chief Admiral Nirmal Verma, who launched the HIMS, said it is important that the navy continuously streamlines processes and harnesses technology to improve in all spheres.

"It is important for us to use the immense potential of information technology to improve organisational efficiency and the well being of our personnel," Verma added.

"I consider HIMS not only important as a means of reducing the manual workload on the hospitals, but also a means to cut down on outdated processes and aligning them with the technological advances in the outside world."

"I consider HIMS not only important as a means of reducing the manual workload on the hospitals, but also a means to cut down on outdated processes and aligning them with the technological advances in the outside world.

"Availability of records from womb to tomb and their accessibility over the naval communication backbone would significantly aid diagnosis and treatment."

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The system, which was developed for the Indian Navy by Wipro Infotech, aids in the automation of core clinical processes as well as administrative activities at the hospital.

The HIMS’s interface with medical equipment used in the laboratory and intensive care unit is designed to facilitate direct online observations and aid in viewing images either online or by the patient’s bed side, with the help of the integrated radiology pictorial archival communication system.

The HIMS is expected to reduce patient waiting times and allow rapid diagnosis by enabling swift access to patient records.