Hosptial Kiosks complete five years of service

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Tvm: Kerala is making rapid strides in e-governance implementation and one such project, the Janasevanakendram Hosptial Kiosk project has completed five years of service. The first Hosptial Kiosk was launched on August 5, 2005 by Information Kerala Mission (IKM), the flagship e-governance project of the Government of Kerala under the Local Self Government (LSG) Department. The Hospital Kiosk enables online registration of births and deaths directly from the hospitals in Kerala.

On its fifth anniversary, 325 Janasevanakendram Hospitals Kiosks are functioning throughout Kerala providing instant online registration. They are installed at 60 Government Hospitals and 265 private hospitals across the state. The statistics available with the Department show that about 60% of births in the state are being registered using this service and on an average about 30,000 families are benefitted from this facility. As per the Registration of Births and Deaths Act; live births, stillbirths (foetal deaths with a period of pregnancy 28 weeks or more) and deaths have to be registered with the local body – municipality, corporation or panchayat.

The Hospital Kiosk was a result of IKM’s strategy evolved in the best practices in an approach towards capturing data at the source for better control over data quality. Improvement of data quality not only perfects the civil registration and associated community databases but also avoids a large number of uncalled for correction transactions arising out of initial data capture. This in turn makes the public transactions simple, clear-cut and transparent, naturally reducing the chances for shady operations and corrupt practices. This was done by linking the ‘Janasevanakendrams’ with hospitals over the Internet. The objective was to make available birth and death certificates to the informants within twenty four hours of registration through the hospitals reporting the event.

The Hospital Kiosk uses the ‘Sevana’ software application. This covers all the ninety two odd different business processes relating to civil registration including periodical reports to the Registrar General of Births and Deaths. The recently introduced online Birth, Death and Marriage certificate facility also uses Sevana software. Click to see the list of hospitals where Janasevanakendram Hospitals Kiosks are functioning.

Anil Philip
Kerala IT News

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