Mangalore, October 16: Minister for Health and Family Welfare U T Khader in a press meet held here on Thursday, October 16th said, a citizen friendly application “Healthizen” will be launched soon.
‘Healthizen’ application is developed by the Department of Health and Family Welfare with the assistance of National Informatics Centre, will help citizens to report inadequate facilities and hygienic issues at primary health centres and government hospitals across the state, will be launched on Friday, he said. The app can be downloaded by Android mobile users free of cost from Google Play Store.
He said this citizen-friendly app was a system to set things right and so far, such an application does not exist in the country.
The minister revealed that, this App allows the citizens to click images of drawbacks in government hospitals and clinics on mobiles phones and upload it directly on the Healthizen app. It will use real-time imaging and will provide with the exact location to authorities of the health department where the image is clicked. About 80 percent of inadequacy of basic facilities could be rectified and hygiene could be improved from images/complaints uploaded by citizens, he said.
Mr Khader informed that the software, would also be handed over to the union health minister to be adopted in other states. However, the images will not be available on a public platform, he clarified.
He said that the state government had further decided to computerise the entire department.
Mr Khader announced that under the Rajiv Arogya Bhagya, APL card holders will be provided with health insurance since the Cabinet has approved this major scheme on Thursday.
He said, over 100 government and private hospitals in the state had agreed to provide health insurance under the scheme and would be implemented in 10 days.
Mr Khader said, in cases of road and traffic accidents, the government will aid in treating patients and provide upto Rs 25,000 as expenses in case of emergency for 48 hours. This scheme was the first of its kind introduced in south Asia for emergency treatment in road accidents.
Cabinet had approved this scheme today.