Bihar plans health cards for Kids Bihar is set to become the first state in the country to issue health cards to 3.4 crore children in the age group of 0-14 years. Besides offering OPD facilities and free medicines, the health card, which will be valid for five years, will also facilitate specialised medical treatment in premier hospitals like AIIMS, PGIMER Chandigarh and SGPGI Lucknow. According to WHO, 55 per cent of Indian children suffer from malnutritionrelated diseases before attaining the age of three years. The percentage is higher in Bihar. The scheme seeks to bridge the gap in the ratio between the two sexes by encouraging the birth of baby girl. On the birth of two baby girls in BPL families, a sum of Rs 2,000 each is invested through Children Career Plan of UTI Mutual Fund. The maturity amount is paid to the girl when she attains the age of 18 years. While some states already have health card schemes for school-going children in the age group of 6-14 years, Bihar is the first to include those less than six years old. The scheme — Nayi Pidhi Swasthya Guarantee Yojana — will also include adolescent girls below 18 years to focus on malnutrition. While medical camps will be organised every year — for which the government has earmarked an annual budget of Rs 125 crore, the health cards will enable
parents to seek follow-up treatment for their children at PHCs or block hospitals. Moreover, serious medical complications will be referred to the country’s premier institutes, with the government bearing the expenses. The health card will have full data including weight, height, ENT and dental records. Skin disease tests will be mandatory.
ONC Announces New Project for EHR Systems Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has announced the launch of an industry project to consolidate and harmonize required health information exchange specifications that support meaningful use of electronic health record (EHR) systems. The project, called the “HL7/IHE Health Story Implementation Guide Consolidation Project,” is a collaboration of Health Level Seven (HL7) International, Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) and the Health Story Project. Through the consolidation and harmonisation effort, the project will address minor areas of ambiguity within the specific Standards Final Rule requirement to implement HL7 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) Release 2, Continuity of Care Document according to HITSP C32. In addition to securing support from the ONC S&I Framework, HL7, the Health Story Project and IHE, a number of EHR, clinical document management, infrastructure, middleware and natural language processing vendors will contribute volunteers.
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