Team medicine practice, automated labs – what new Amrita Hospital brings to Faridabad


New Delhi: At Amrita Hospital in Faridabad, a patient’s family will no longer be required to run from pillar to post – from OPD to testing lab to pharmacy – to ensure smooth treatment of the member of his family. Medical records, drug prescriptions and diagnostic samples pass through automated app-based systems here.

Built at an estimated cost of around Rs 6,000 crore and inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 24, the 2,600-bed hospital aims to be a healthcare facility that puts the patient as the focal point.

The hospital currently has 180 doctors and 300 nurses, manages around 500 beds and employs around 2,000 people from Faridabad and the surrounding Delhi-National Capital Region. Over the next few years, when the hospital reaches full capacity, it is expected to have 12,000 employees.

According to a spokesperson for Amrita Hospital, the government of Haryana has assured that the national road transport authority will soon establish regular public bus services to the hospital for the benefit of patients and others who must visit the establishment.

Initial funding for the construction of the hospital came from Mata Amritanandamayi Math (MAM), led by spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, or “Amma” as her followers and other donors call her. MAM is also the force behind Amrita Hospital in Kochi, Kerala.

Although it has only been operational for about two weeks, Amrita Hospital’s sprawling 130-acre campus sees a steady attendance of about 750 outpatients.

In addition to investing heavily in state-of-the-art infrastructure, the hospital also aims to change the culture of medical practice where a single physician makes decisions regarding a patient’s medication and surgery.

“We have carefully selected our faculty, but now we need to invest in creating a culture of practicing team medicine,” Sanjeev Singh, resident medical director at Amrita Hospital in Faridabad told ThePrint.

“Generally, as doctors, what we do is we decide for ourselves if surgery is necessary and then we go ahead. But that’s bad science. The science is to decide as a group based on the information available if it is the best treatment for a patient.

With a dedicated research block within the campus, Amrita Hospital also aims to do medical research beyond just conducting clinical trials for drugs developed outside the country.

“Medical practice does not help society if everything is limited to the interaction between patient and doctor. All our professors will also have to be actively involved in research,” said Singh, adding that one of the challenges facing the he institution is facing is to become self-sufficient and that the expansion of research is one of the means to achieve this goal.

“We cannot depend on math to run the hospital. We need to have a strong research division to attract research grants. We must also work with industrial partners on research and develop partnerships that help us stay ahead of technological advances.

“Services are not free, but hospital charges are below industry standards. We currently charge around Rs 400 for OPD services. We want to keep health care affordable while providing holistic health care,” he added.

OPD charges in other private hospitals, in comparison, range from Rs 1,500 to Rs 3,500.

The hospital, which claims to be the “largest facility” capable of handling infectious diseases, is equipped with 534 smart intensive care beds, each of which can be converted into isolation rooms in the event of an outbreak.

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While a number of hospitals are equipped with super specialized units, Amrita Hospital has designed each wing to be self-sufficient. For example, the OPD in the gastroenterology wing is connected to the gastric surgery department and the wing has its own room where a patient can deposit his samples.

Here, each sample is barcoded and, through its pneumatic delivery network – which it says is one of the largest in India – is sent to a fully automated test center which then uploads the test results. on a secure application.

Patient medical records are then accessible to doctors on this app, which is also programmed to alert them if a patient’s test parameters cross a critical limit.

“We don’t have to wait for the test results to be picked up by the patient, or for the nurse to call us [to assess a situation]“, Singh said.

By automating several aspects such as sample processing, physicians aim to reduce turnaround time for each patient. “For medical imaging too, everything will be on the tabs. A patient does not need to wait for the physical films of the images to be developed for any clinical decision making,” he said.

According to Singh, Amrita is a super specialty hospital, but also provides basic specialty services, like general medicine and general surgery. “Basic specialties like psychiatry, dermatology, dentistry, pediatrics don’t pay as much as fields like cardiology. Hospitals generally don’t invest in these areas because they don’t have earning potential,” he said.

Teaching ethics, importance of research

The training center at Amrita Hospital will allow medical students to practice on simulations and robots. The campus will also have India’s largest center for robotics, haptics, cadaver, high fidelity, surgical and medical simulation.

In India, most medical patients practice on real patients. “If a doctor is going to do knee replacement training, they need to be trained to do it on cadavers. They can’t start with a patient – ​​it hurts the patient,” Singh said.

“If some 150 students learn heart sounds from a real patient, it’s not appropriate. Patients’ dignity and privacy are compromised,” he said.

(Editing by Zinnia Ray Chaudhuri)

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