Putting technology to work
For better COVID management and rapid transfer of patients to COVID Dedicated Hospitals (DCH) and COVID Care Centers (CCC), Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has started GPS tracking of ambulances.
While city authorities have a fleet of 64 ambulances under the COVID management program, 40 are already GPS compatible and the rest will be fitted with tracking devices very soon, a senior official said.
Bhubaneswar Smart City Ltd (BSCL) is taking care of the technological upgrading part of ambulances engaged in the COVID service, the official said.
When a patient is referred to switch to a DCH or CCC after a teleconsultation due to the BMC COVID care 24×7 ‘1929’ helpline, operating from the Smart City office, BMC allocates an available bed in one of the hospitals COVID or CCC.
An ambulance is alerted to pick up the patient from his home. These ambulances are now equipped with on-board GPS units for real-time monitoring. This gives an estimate of when the ambulance arrives at the patient’s home, just as we know the location of a taxi when we book through various apps on our cellphones, he said.
Of the 64 ambulances, three are each with three respective administrative zones under BMC. This number will be increased by seven in each zone to make 10 ambulances in each zone under the zonal control room for ambulance operations.
Thirty-four ambulances are at Capital Hospital in the heart of the city under a central ambulance control room.
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