June 14, 2016 7:53:16 am
The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research has written to the UT administration recommending it to include the online facility to get a doctor’s appointment in the Sampark services. If this happens, this is likely to make the process of getting a doctor’s appointment easier.
There are more than 40 kendra units in the city, which provide the facilities to pay bills or other services online.Sources in the PGI said a letter was sent recently sent to UT administration requesting it to include the online appointment facility in the Sampark services. “We are hopeful that they will agree to it. If this is included, anyone can go to the Sampark Kendra units and book an appointment online,” a senior PGI official said on Monday.
The official further said at present, only those people can book appointments online who have access to the Internet. “Once this facility is included in the Sampark Kendras, online registration could be done by everyone,” he said.
At present, the PGI provides an option to their patients to book appointments online. But not many people optfor the services. The PGI officials said the number of online registration is not picking up. “We do not receive more than 150 online registrations on a daily basis. People are not aware about the facility. If this facility is provided in these Kendras, many residents can get benefit from it,” an official said.
Sources also added that another proposal on which institute is working is to provide an hourly slab option for the online registration visitors. An official said they are collecting details from the department about the total number of patients received in the OPD per day.
“Once we get the details, we will see the total number of doctors and accordingly will take a call if this option can be provided to the patients. We will give options of various hourly slots to the visitors,” said the official, adding that the initiative would be started on a trail basis in few departments.
PRO Manju Wadwalkar said they are negotiating with the UT administration about including the registration services in Sampark Kendras
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