Bengaluru, June 10: The new system of a queue to book beds for Covid-19 patients was launched on Thursday by Forest and Kannada and Culture Minister Aravind Limbavali.
The event was held at Arogya Soudha on Magadi Road in the city in the presence of Bangalore South MP Tejaswi Surya. The system is being implemented within the limits of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike currently and will be extended to the rest of the state, said Limbavali. He also expressed gratitude to Nandan Nilekani, e-Spirit and Foretell companies as well as several IT experts, who have all contributed to the development of the new software.
“The queue system will make the bed-booking work transparent and effective. It is also well-organised and easily accessible to all patients who are admitted into hospital. Booking of hospital beds will be based on physical triaging and the queue system will register the triage details of all patients electronically before admission into hospital,” the minister explained.
“The patients will be admitted to hospital or Covid care centres based on the treatment prescribed at the triage centres. The queue number will be given to a patient based on the bed requirement, the zone and the time of triaging. All of this will resolve any confusion patients would have,” he explained further. Requeuing will be used if there is a change in the requirement of treatment. The patients would also be taken off a queue if they are to be sent for home isolation, he added.
“Patients whose condition is serious, children, pregnant women, nursing mothers, cancer patients and specially abled people who are under treatment will be referred by the queue system to superuser to admit them immediately. This will help emergency cases,” Limbavali said.
“Patients in the queue system may use their BU number or SRF IDs to track their real-time on the dashboard based on the doctors’ recommendations, the zone and bed requirement,” he explained.
Limbavali said that, currently, eight war rooms, 1912 helpline and 108 ambulance are working at providing help to Covid patients. “More than 50 doctors are working under all these lines daily, to heed to the requests of patients. If a patient asks for a bed through any medium, and goes through the CHBMS test once, anyone may check the status of the patient on the system,” he added.
BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta, BBMP War Room in-charge Tushar Girinath, V Ponnuraj, Kumar Pushkar, Biswajit Singh, Special Commissioner Randeep, Dr Bhaskar and others attended the launch event.