Rostelecom, Russia’s national telecom operator, announced last week the completion of stage one of its medical e-record and e-card project across Russia’s nine time zones.
With support from the Russian Ministry of Healthcare, Rostelecom is putting together an “electronic umbrella” for all national medical institutions, with fully networked case histories as well as applications for making doctor’s appointments via the Internet.
What the operator calls “the e-registration office,” with a software-run outpatient card system, is operated from a specially designed “cloud” — an “optimal model” for a country the size of Russia, according to Rostelecom , as it is fast and inexpensive to implement.
The system is being test-run in Moscow. “Several hundred thousand” patients have already made web-based doctor’s appointments since December 2011, a spokesperson for the Moscow government said, adding that “300 of the city’s 357 polyclinics are part of the new system.”
Rostelecom won an open tender from the Russian Ministry of Healthcare for the development of the integrated medical e-record and outpatient e-card system in January 2012
The telecom operator has been at the forefront of an array of ambitious national IT projects. Among others, it has completed phase one of “Project 07,” a national cloud computing platform to be fully assembled by 2015, and has been connecting the regions to Russia’s e-government system.
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