New Delhi: The Indian Air Force is planning
to introduce a health information card in the form of a memory
chip for all its personnel to ensure easy access to treatment
during any emergency at any of its hospitals.
Once this card is available with them, they will not have
to carry voluminous documents containing their medical
history, Director General Medical Services, (Air Force) Air
Marshal Dipankar Ganguly said.
"Our men are posted at different places at regular
intervals. Suppose one of the air personnel who was undergoing
treatment with a doctor in Delhi hospital gets posted to
Jorhat (in Assam. He can avail of treatment at Jorhat hospital
without any trouble of producing bulky documents. He has to
give the doctor his health card which will reproduce the
medical details through a reader," he said.
All air personnel including officers and airmen will have
to carry two cards, including the identity card, he said.
In an emergency situation, the card can help the doctor
under whom he is undergoing treatment to save time and give
the correct medication without having to duplicate any medical
tests, Ganguly said.
An agency has been engaged to help the Air Force in
digitising documents. "Our office in R K Puram has voluminous
documents of medical history of all air personnel. We have
hired a agency which will convert the paper details to digital
information," he said.