Karnataka introduces online system for seamless referral of patients to tertiary care facilities under Ayushman Bharat

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Minister of Health and Medical Education K. Sudhakar said the online referral system will not only ensure prompt treatment for patients but also usher in transparency.

Minister of Health and Medical Education K. Sudhakar said the online referral system will not only ensure prompt treatment for patients but also usher in transparency.

To facilitate the seamless referral of patients from a government hospital to tertiary care facilities under the Ayushman Bharat Arogya Karnataka (AB-ArK) scheme, the Ministry of Health has set up an online referral system .

Minister of Health and Medical Education, K. Sudhakar, who tweeted about it, said the online referral system will not only ensure prompt treatment for patients but also usher in transparency.

According to a circular issued by the Ministry of Health, the referral of patients from primary health care centers to higher health care institutions for secondary and tertiary treatment is expected to switch to an online platform from June 1, 2022. Currently, the process used for orientation is done manually. complete a pre-printed form.

The old process was time-consuming for doctors and also inconvenient for patients. With the new Online Referral System (ORS), the process will become hassle-free and also avoid any bad practice.

“From June 1, doctors and designated nodal officers in government health facilities will have to start referring patients through the website” https://arogya.karnataka.gov.in.The department has planned a gradual implementation of the new ORS to avoid any inconvenience to patients. The new platform will be rolled out this May, and public health institutions will need to use the platform and get familiar with it. However, offline references will also be allowed if there are any issues in the process due to the process being unfamiliar. After June 1, no manual referrals will be accepted,” the circular said, adding that all doctors and staff must train before May 15.

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