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DQI Bureau
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Modernization and upgradation of technology in Calcutta Medical Research

Institute (CMRI), one of Kolkatas oldest private hospitals, started way back in

2004. The entire IT structure has been restored and aligned with the everyday

operational needs and business processes. This has enabled CMRI to increase its

overall efficiency and productivity, customer service and business output. The

effective IT system has also brought in transparency and process efficiency in

addition to cost-effectiveness resulting in a significant 20% y-o-y growth.


Improving Processes

Consolidating the infrastructure guaranteeing a higher uptime and

operational efficiency was the key business priority for CMRI which has a set-up

of around ten servers and over two hundred machines. The organization has a well

established network infrastructure complete with integrated switches and

routers. The entire hardware runs through .net ASP classic and VB .net


Being in the healthcare industry, CMRI operates through one core HIMS

application, eMedicare, which has been developed in-house with the help of

Birlasoft; and it takes care of the entire day-to-day business needs of CMRI.

The application caters to almost 70% of its medical operations including

functioning and controlling of all medical equipments that is aligned with the

IT infrastructure. The system has enabled automation of CMRIs key functioning

and business processes. The only part that is yet to be integrated with the

system is medical records which are taken care of by a separate application.

We have a separate annual budget plan

for IT
Vishnu Gupta, CIO, CMRI

The existing infrastructure has recently been integrated with SMS gateway

through Project Hello, CMRI is bringing in improved efficiency, transparency and

accountability. This application is hosted on a separate database server. The

data generated through this application transforms as a lead for the marketing

team for tapping new business opportunities. The service also helps the hospital

to communicate promptly all the detailed updates about the patients through SMS,

thus improving accountability and response time of the medical team. The new

system hosted through cloud has also helped to drastically bring down the

telecommunications cost.

The organization has a strong digital surveillance system in place working

through hundreds of cameras installed in the premise. Attendance management

system and OT access management system have also been automated. Over the last

eighteen months, CMRI has also implemented CRM based on cloud and SAAS mode.

Email service is also hosted on the cloud platform.

Leveraging on Automation

The organization is currently working towards implementing Electronic

Medical Records (EMR) system that will help it to automate and integrate the

entire process and infrastructure along with the core HIMS. The project is

scheduled to be completed by March, 2011.

"We have a separate annual budget plan for IT that is calculated based on the

regular expenses needed to maintain the existing infrastructure and an estimate

of the new implementations and upgradation spends," informs Vishnu Gupta, CIO,

CMRI. "Automation is the need of the hour. Technology is nothing, but a business

enabler. We leave no stone unturned to utilize its benefits to the maximum," he


Piyali Guha