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Emergency Medical Services under Maharashtra Govt selected as best Digital Health initiatives


Emergency Medical Services under Maharashtra Govt selected as best Digital Health initiatives

The 108 emergency services cover all the urban, rural and remotest of places of the state with a well-equipped trained and expert team.

Pune:  Emergency Medical Services (MEMS-Dial 108), the public-private-partnership ambulance project of the Maharashtra government has been selected as the best practice in digital health initiatives.

The Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, along with the World Health Organisation (WHO), organised the three-day Fourth Global Digital Health Partnership (GDHP) Summit in New Delhi.

India is hosting this event for the first time. The first three editions were held in Canberra-Australia, Washington DC-US and London-UK. The Government representatives from 23 countries are attending the GDHP.

The member countries discuss and share best initiatives in healthcare that use data and technology and also share know-how to implement them in their respective areas, said in a release.

MEMS-Dial 108, a unique emergency medical ambulance project of the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Maharashtra.

Through a network of 937 fully equipped medical ambulances spread across the state, the government provides free medical care to all its citizens during any medical emergency. The ambulances are accessible to all citizens free of cost, on a toll-free call to the number 108 from any mobile and landline from within Maharashtra.

Pune-based BVG India Limited and London-based UKSAS are the implementing partners of MEMS for the Maharashtra government. BVG is the leader and pioneer of integrated services in India.

BVG also has set up a state-of-the-art Control Room in Pune. The control room operates 24 x7 all calls from across Maharashtra, wherein the expert call handlers’ understand the emergency and connect the patient to the doctor in the ambulance and dispatch the nearest ambulance to rescue the patient.

The 108 emergency services cover all the urban, rural and remotest of places of the state with a well-equipped trained and expert team.

Andhra Pradesh is the second state after Maharashtra to implement the project in association with BVG. AP kicked off the project in 2017. BVG also has set up a state of the art Control Room at the state capital of Amravati.

Commenting on the development Hanmantrao Gaikwad, Chairman & Managing Director (CMD), BVG India Limited, said that it is a proud moment for Maharashtra and India that a home-grown public service a project like MEMS is chosen by WHO and Union Ministry of Health to showcase before other countries.

Started in January 2014 in Maharashtra, the MEMS has received 1.54 crore calls and has served 37 lakh emergency patients till date. This includes over 3 lakh cases of the vehicle accident and around 9 lakh pregnancy-related cases. Over 30,000 childbirths have taken place in the ambulances, it added.


Source: UNI
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    Dr RAMESHVARDHAN March 4, 2019, 12:44 pm

    FULLY EQUIPPED OR WELL EQUIPPED WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THESE TWO ? WHO ARE EMERGENCY HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS IN SUCH AMBULANCES , WHAT ARE THEY CAPABLE OF DOING ? Out of 1.54 CRORE calls 37 lakhs were served. What happened to Rest of the phone calls ? What are the criteria to provide the AMBULANCE CARE . WHAT IS AVERAGE ( TOTAL) DURATION, TAKEN FROM TIME OF CALL RECEIVED TO SWIFT THE PATIENTS HOSPITALS . WHETHER THE HOSPITALS ARE WELL INFORMED TO KEEP THE CONCERNED TEAM OF DOCTORS READY ? ( IS IT JUST LOAD & GO TO DUMP / DROP IN THE HOSPITAL. IT IS VERY UNLIKELY TO GET THE RIGHT PEOPLE & AT RIGHT TIME ) . THERE IS NOT SINGLE DOCUMENTRY OR DEMONSTRATION OR DRILL ABOUT DEALING WITH EMERGENCY SERVICES IN INDIA . NITTHER IT WAS THAUGHT OR TRAINED IN MEDICAL COLLEGES . ONLY TIME WE HAVE SEEN / COME ACROSS SUCH DRILLS ARE DURING BLTS / CLTS WORKSHOP WHICH LOSTS ONLY FOR A DAY OR TWO , BEING VERY HECTIC SCHEDULE . I THINK HARDLY 1TO 2 % OF THE MBBS DEGREE HOLDERS HAVE GONE THROUGH SUCH TRAINING ? . ONE CAN IMAGINE THE TYPE OF PRIMARY HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS IN THE SO CALLED AMBULANCES ? . THIS ARTICLE NICE TO READ AND HEARD TO BELIEVE THE TRUE OUT COME OF THE RESULTS. UNLESS THE CRUCIAL POINTS ARE HIGHLIGHTED. 1) DETAILS OF CALLS, 2) DURATION OF TRANSPORT 3 ) TYPE OF INDIVIDUALS PROVIDING PRIMARY HEALTH CARE 4) THEIR QUALIFICATIONS 5 ) TYPE & DURATION OF TRAINING UNDERGONE 5) TYPE OF EMERGENCY PROCEDURES THEY ARE CAPABLE OF EXCITATING . 6) TYPES OF EQUIPMENTS DEVICES DRUGS DISPOSABLES ( ITINERARY ). 7) AVAILABLE DATA REGARDS TO OUT COME . …… WHAT ARE DIFFICULTIES / HARDSHIPS THEY ARE / HAVE FACING ? MORTALITY AND MORBIDITY AND ANY OTHER INSTRESRING / IMPORTANT INFORMATION RELEATED TO DEALING WITH EMERGENCY SERVICES . IS THERE ANY CCTV CAMERAS INSTALLED ( SOME THING LIKE A BLACK BOX IN A AIR CRAFT ). I THINK ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY SHOULD BE GIVEN AT MOST IMPORTANCE IN DEALING WITH LIFE AND DEATH SITUATIONS , SPECIALLY IN A CORRUPT COUNTRY LIKE OURS . THERE IS STRONG REASON SAY SO …THE AMBULANCE CARE PROVIDERS ( DRIVERS ) LITERALLY MINTING MONEY BY DUMPING / TAKING PATIENTS TO HOSPITALS OF THEIR CHOICE . I THINK SOME OF ARE MAKING 10 TO 25 THOUSANDS RUPEES / DAY . THIS IS BIGGEST RACKET MANAGED IN A MAFIA STYLE . THE TOTAL TURNOVER OF SUCH UNLAWFUL ACTIVITES COULD BE IN MILLIONS OF RUPEES . IF HONESTLY INVESTIGATED , I AM SURE EVEN THE INVESTIGATION CHIEF MAY GET AN HEART ATTACK , THE GUY NEXT HIM HAS TO DAIL E M SERVICES ( 108 ). WE ARE STUCK WITH ONCE IN LIFE TIME EVENTS LIKE PURCHASE OF RAFAELS , TOTALLY UNDERMINING THE DAY TO DAY AFFAIRS LIKE LIFTING & SWIFTING OF PATIENTS TO CHOICE OF AMBULANCE TEAM MEMBERS.