AIIMS to launch India-made real-time navigation system

Patients and caregivers visiting AIIMS will soon have access to real-time indoor navigation system to help them find their way around the sprawling campus

NEW DELHI | Updated: 18 April, 2023 6:07 pm IST
AIIMS New Delhi

All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, to launch an internal navigation system to help patients and their caregivers with accurate location.

To help it materialise as soon as possible, a five-member team has been formed by Dr M Srinivas, Director, AIIMS. The team, headed by Dr Vivek Tandon from the neurosurgery department, will prepare a report and submit it to the director within this week.

Others in the team are Dr Vivek Gupta, in-charge, Computer Facility Member; Dr Vikas H, Assistant Prof, Dept of Hospital Administration; Superintendent Engineer, AIIMS, New Delhi and Mr Satish, ASO, Computer Facility.

Speaking with The New Indian, Dr Rima Dada, Prof in-charge, media cell, said, “There are around 25,000 patients and caregivers visiting AIIMS. Since our campus is widespread and the patients find it difficult to navigate within AIIMS, it has not been decided to have a committee of five members for the procurement of an intra-hospital navigation system that would be user-friendly and accommodate a large number of people at any given time. This would help them with real-time directions.”

The director, Dr M Srinivas has encouraged a made-in-India system, Dr Dada said.

“Patients and caregivers find it difficult to navigate their way through this complex network of buildings in search of their destination for a particular investigation and/or therapy,” AIIMS said.

“An indoor navigation system would significantly improve the patient and visitor experience by providing real-time directions to their destination within the hospital. It would also enable hospital staff to be more efficient and reduce the risk of patients or visitors getting lost, which could lead to delays in patient treatment,” it added.

The indoor navigation system will have features that are robust and safe from cybersecurity threats. The system should also work in Indian languages, especially Hindi.

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