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Karnataka’s KC General Hospital Tops Month-long Digital Health Marathon

Written by : Arti Ghargi

May 13, 2024

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KC General Hospital linked a total of 65,623 health records to ABHAs, while also generating 45,641 'Scan and Share' tokens.


Karnataka's KC General Hospital has emerged as the frontrunner in the Digital Health marathon, a statewide initiative launched by the government.

The hospital linked the highest number of patient health records to Ayushman Bharat Health Accounts (ABHAs) as well as saw record generation of 'Scan and Share' tokens.

The Digital Health Marathon was conducted from February 7 to April 6.

The hospital linked a total of 65,623 health records to ABHAs, while also generating 45,641 'Scan and Share' tokens.

The 'Scan and Share' system, employing QR code technology for expedited patient registration, has notably streamlined the process enhancing accessibility and reducing waiting times.

State health commissioner Randeep D extended appreciation to the top three best-performing hospitals in each category, recognizing their pivotal role in advancing digital healthcare initiatives.

KC General Hospital was closely followed by CV Raman General Hospital and Jayanagar General Hospital, both from Bengaluru in the category of linking health records.

Similarly, in terms of issuing ‘Scan and Share’ tokens, Jayanagar General Hospital and Tumakuru District Hospital bagged the second and third spot respectively.

Statewide Progress in Digital Health Integration

The digital healthcare integration under the nationwide implementation of ABDM has been steadily gaining momentum in Karnataka.

With over 1.14 Cr patient health records successfully linked to ABHAs, the state has been trying to digitize the connectivity between healthcare providers and beneficiaries.

The creation of 2.73 Cr ABHAs further underscores the state government’s increased focus on digitizing healthcare delivery.

According to the ABDM dashboard, 49,269 verified health facilities have registered in its Health Facility Registry (HFR).

Additionally, Karnataka ranks third in the nation for verified healthcare professionals, with 46,673 professionals listed in its Health Professionals Registry (HPR), facilitating efficient resource allocation and workforce management.

'Scan and Share' Initiative

The government’s 'Scan and Share' initiative has been widely adopted across healthcare providers in Karnataka.

Implemented in approximately 300 hospitals, including nearly 30 private facilities, the system facilitated sharing of demographic and personal details for nearly 37.39 Lakh patients visiting outpatient departments (OPDs).

The Scan and Share facility enables patients to bypass cumbersome paperwork, significantly reducing waiting times and improving overall efficiency by simply scanning the QR code.

The state’s first 'Scan and Share' system was introduced at CV Raman General Hospital, which generated 80,269 tokens to date and has bagged the third spot.

Whereas KC General Hospital has topped the chart with over 1.76 Lakh tokens issued so far.

Statewise ABDM Progress

As per the ABDM dashboard, so far more than 61.1 Cr ABHA accounts have been created in the country. Uttar Pradesh consistently ranks at the top with 9.86 Cr as of Monday, followed by Maharashtra with 4.98 Cr accounts.

Karnataka ranks distant ninth on the list nationally with the contribution of 2.73 Cr ABHA accounts.

Overall, 37.9 Cr patient records have been linked in the country so far and more than 2.69 Lakhs verified health professionals' registrations. Karnataka has the highest 49,268 verified health facilities under ABDM whereas Uttar Pradesh is close second with 47,239 verified health facilities.

The Scan and Share Facility is active in 4820 health facilities with more than 2.73 Cr tokens issued nationwide so far including over 80,024 being pharmacy tokens. AIIMS Delhi remains the top performer having issued more than 6600 tokens so far.


About Chime India

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving senior digital health leaders. CHIME includes more than 5,000 members in 56 countries and two US territories and partners with over 150 healthcare IT businesses and professional services firms. CHIME enables its members and business partners to collaborate, exchange ideas, develop professionally and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and care throughout the communities they serve. CHIME's members are chief information officers (CIOs), chief medical information officers (CMIOs), chief nursing information officers (CNIOs), chief innovation officers (CIOs), chief digital officers (CDOs), and other senior healthcare leaders. The CHIME India Chapter became the first international chapter outside North America in 2016 and is now a community of over 70+ members in India. For more information, please visit www.chimecentral.org

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