All India Institute of Medical Sciences Rishikesh was strategically located to address regional imbalances in healthcare services, research, and training. It was established under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojna’s first phase and supported to be an autonomous body by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (Amendment) Bill, 2012. The first batch of 50 MBBS and BSc Nursing students enrolled in 2012 while outpatient and inpatient services started in mid-2013.
Since its inception AIIMS Rishikesh has revolutionized into an institute of national importance, with a current annual enrolment of 125 MBBS, 100 BSc Nursing, 25 MSc Nursing, 450 MD/MS/MDS, MCh(6 years) , 178 DM/MCH, 37 PDCC, 15 MPH, 13 Medical MSc, and 87 Ph.D students. AIIMS Rishikesh now runs numerous medical & allied courses. These activities are mentored by more than 200 faculty members. Along with a growing footfall in routine outpatient clinics, 91 specialized clinics have been added. Similarly, from a 200 bedded inpatient facility in 2013, it has now 960 bed capacity. 24x7x365 Emergency services have now bifurcated into separate Trauma Surgery and Emergency Medicine services. Official work is tracked through the e-governance system in a bid to limit the paper-based system.
AIIMS Rishikesh has a mandate of providing primary care and outreach medical services to the community at large scale. The Institution ensures equitable access to these health care services. Besides providing facility based medical care, the institution promotes participation of all departments to actively engage in providing outreach health care services. These services include Promotive, Preventive as well as Curative care. These outreach programs play a critical role in improving and extending the reach of health care through activities such as health education, awareness, patients management, basic health screening, and facilitating access to services in AIIMS Rishikesh. These activities can directly and indirectly improve health outcomes of individuals and communities. Social outreach cell of the Institute has been continuously participating in outreach services in remote and hard to reach area of Uttarakhand. Outreach cell is frequently getting request from NGO, different stakeholders from society and others village organization to provide health services in form of health camp and awareness programme in most needy area of Community. In order to coordinate between different departments for organizing these outreach activities, Nodal officer and outreach staff have regular planning, meetings, discussion and inter sectoral coordination with others departments and faculty of the institute. We have an extensive program of social outreach activity, including on-campus and off-campus social awareness workshops, competitions and donation drives. The three main goals of an outreach program are to improve learning, promoting civic engagement for health & wellbeing, and strengthening communities through addressing their societal needs.
We are aware towards our responsibility to improve the ecosystem so that we can pass-on a healthy place to future generations. Saving trees will also contribute to promote ecological diversity and enhancement of health. Additionally, shifting from the use of paper to electronic systems intensify the accountability of the persons involved in the process of work. Considering the benefits, AIIMS, Rishikesh is shifting towards electronic correspondence and record keeping.
In concordance to the Government’s plans to promote digital transformation and in a bid to facilitate delivery of patient centric services, AIIMS, Rishikesh initiated digital transformation. Taking a mini step towards it, online registration system portal was started in 2015. To add a step further, a giant leap was taken in 2017 when campus turned cashless with only digital payments being accepted from the patients, employees and students across various counters. Fully functional in record time and currently running without any hinderances this favors comfort to help-seekers by providing solutions to problems of carrying cash. This becomes further more pertinent in the current times of pandemic.
AIIMS Rishikesh took a vital step on 24.10.17 by adopting e-Hospital supported by National Informatics Centre, which is an open source health information management system designed to deploy in cloud infrastructure to manage multiple hospitals seamlessly. With this facility, patient registration, admission records, billing, reports of investigations, pharmacy and inventory modules are running hassle-free. Many patient-related applications like Health Radar, Artificial Intelligence Based Patient Screening System a Web & Mobile based application are deployed for saving time and to improve personalized care. Telemedicine is another milestone achieved and being used as a roadmap to improved healthcare in rural areas providing a virtual digital platform for healthcare in far-flung areas. ‘Mera Aspataal’ is a mobile-based application for accessing patient feedback, to gauze the responses and devise required improvements in the system.
AIIMS Rishikesh has incorporated e-office (files management system) in 2019 to compete work in transparent and timebound fashion. Commencement of e-office has reduced the consumption of paper in day-to-day correspondence. Similarly, campus management software has enabled us to manage enrollment, admissions, fees, scheduling, assignments and assessment of grades of students. It would generate automated reports on all aspects for data-driven decision-making. Student friendly website having dedicated student section provides reading material, updates of attendance, assessments and other relevant information.
Prof. Meenu Singh
Nodal Officer,RRC, AIIMS Rishikesh
National Medical College, Network