e-Aushadhi to plug gaps in drug supply in Telangana
We are ‘out of stock’ and ‘please come after two days’ are the most common refrains that patients get from pharmacists manning drugstores in public healthcare facilities in Hyderabad and districts. It’s a given that patients have to make multiple visits to government hospitals to avail free medicines from the pharmacy. On most occasions, they end up incurring out-of-pocket expenditure to purchase the drugs from private medical stores.

Non-availability of life saving drugs or even for that matter standard medicines needed for chronic patients like diabetics at government hospitals is a frustrating experience for patients. Till now, there was no mechanism for real-time monitoring of supply chain management i.e., the cycle of distribution of medicines from Central Drug Stores to government hospitals and to the patients.

What is e-Aushadhi?

e-Aushadhi is a real-time monitoring of supply chain management system that enables authorities at TSMSIDC to keep a close tab and also understand the distribution patterns of drugs that are issued from government hospitals.

The TSMSIDC has 10 Central Medical Stores (CMS) from where medicines are distributed to Teaching Hospitals, Area and District Hospitals, Primary and Community Health Centres in the State.

All the health care facilities are networked to the Project Monitoring Unit (PMU) at TSMSIDC in Hyderabad from where senior officials can track the flow, distribution and stock availability of all the drugs in State-run hospitals.

“There is software involved in e-Aushadhi and many in the districts including healthcare workers are not trained in using it. For the past few months, we have been conducting a series of training programmes so that healthcare workers at CHC and PHC level can also use the software,” officials said.

The TSMSIDC plans to implement e-Aushadhi software in all the 1,050 government healthcare institutions in the State. At present, there are close to 250 health care facilities that have been able to fully implement the e-Aushadhi scheme. Gaps like availability of computers and a dedicated network for the software to function are also being addressed.

Source: https://telanganatoday.com/e-aushadhi-to-plug-gaps-in-drug-supply-in-telangana