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Personal Health Number tested in Galle

Officials of the Policy Development Office (PDO) of the Prime Minister’s Office visited the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital and the Elpitiya Base Hospital in the Galle District to assess the project on issuing the Personal Health Number (PHN)..

The officers observed that in units where the PHN card was used, patients were properly identified and channelled to relevant service stations of the hospital without waiting in long queues. In the Emergency Unit of the Karapitiya Hospital, critical patients were identified quickly using cutting edge technology assisted by an attendant and given priority treatment, saving time and lives.

The Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicines Ministry initiated the project as an innovative project through funding from the component II of the Second Health Sector Development Project of the World Bank to design and test a Healthcare Recipient Identification System (HRIS) with a Master Patient Index (MPI) with customization of Hospital Information Management System (HIMS) and e-Indoor Morbidity and Mortality Report (eIMMR) to estimate the actual disease burden in a selected hospitals. Morbidity and mortality data can be leveraged to target sufficient resources to address different health issues across the region.

Pilot on the HRIS at a selected hospitals in the Galle and Kalutara districts was a main objective of the project. The Karapitiya Hospital, the Elpitiya Base Hospital and the Bopitiya and Karandeniya Divisional Hospitals are selected for the purpose and the project was successfully concluded in August.

The efforts made by the Health Ministry along with the staff of the cluster hospitals, in pioneering the PHN innovative project in selected hospitals should be highly commended.


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