February 24, 2011

Kerala to send SMS alerts for vaccination of babies

HospitalKiosks.jpg Parents of new born babies in Kerala will henceforth get SMSes on their cell phones about vaccination details for babies. The MedGuru reports.

quotemarksright.jpgInformation Kerala Mission (IKM), the flagship e-governance project of the Kerala government, has developed the system as a part of the ‘Hospital Kiosks.’

... By combining JanasevanaKendrams with hospitals online, IKM makes birth and death certificates available to informants within 24 hours of registration. And, of course, marriage certificates also get done the same way.

“The messages will be sent to the parents who register online the birth of their child through the Hospital Kiosks, the facility arranged at the hospitals for birth and death registrations,” said A Shaji, Director (Implementation), IKM.

"The mobile numbers mentioned in the birth registration forms will be collected and details of vaccination will be sent as SMS to the number.

The IKM kicks off the program statewide from next month in all hospitals which have these hospital kiosks. There are 365 hospitals, both private and public, across the state.

As the Health department has already made the registration of births through kiosks mandatory, it is easy to collect data.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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