Project for capacity building of Healthcare workers in Information Technology: Dr S B Gogia S.A.T.H.I.
Low Cost Solution for High End facility
Introduction and Background
Doctors in India are overworked. Not only are they seeing too many patients, but they do not have enough supporting staff who could small jobs of counselling and documentation of their patients history, examination as well as reports. Computers can make their job easier and more efficient
IT in Healthcare so far has not succeeded as much as it can. One reason for this is the lack of suitable personnel who know both (Computers and usage of specialized medical software as well as are familiar with Medical terms and workflows.).
Doctors would like that the non essential and repetitive part of their work like documentation, maintaining the register, filling up forms with the patients name, age, sex etc to be taken over by secretarial staff. Ideally each form for a specialized test like X Ray or Biopsy (ie histopathology) needs to be accompanied by a detailed history and examination. However in practice, this is rarely done due to time constrains. A good and efficient EMR software e.g. Medic Aid which our sister organization is providing - can do that. But knowing what to click on and when has to be learnt for all the screens it provides and many of them are for use by a particular speciality or situation. Thus initial training and orientation to its use is required which again the doctors do not have time for.
SATHI has now taken the lead in bridging the gap through capacity building. We introduce Vocational Training for IT in Healthcare. Our efforts are targeted at youth from less privileged areas. Once the work force is ready in quantity and quality the growing gap will start filling
Many NGOs are working in urban slums and rehabilitation colonies to provide various types of vocational education to the local young crowd in an effort to make them employable. Two such NGOs we recently came across were EDUCAN at Madanpur Khadar in South Delhi and SAKSHAM BHARTI in Raghubir Nagar in West Delhi .
Among other very impressive activities, both are already providing computer training to the locals at extremely low rates.
We believe that this is an opportunity whereby we use the existing strengths of these organizations – in the form of availability of suitable facilities, staff and computers in a location team with youth from colonies which are yet to fully experience the fruits of development.
SATHI already has a panel of staff who can train the students already undergoing computer training at the above facilities. Just a little push to Medical Software is required. Since the persons are unwilling to pay, we are providing them the training at existing low rates. As and when a job offer comes, we shall charge a small amount from the employer and provide them these persons.