Karnataka: Patient referral system will go live from June 1

Karnataka is set to introduce a new online referral system, starting June 1, for seamless referral of patients to secondary and tertiary treatment. Currently, health centers manually fill out a pre-printed form.

The old process would eat into doctors’ time and also cause inconvenience for patients. However, with the new Online Referral System (ORS), the process will become hassle-free and avoid fraud.

The online portal is implemented under the Ayushman Bharat-Arogya Karnataka (AB-ArK) program.

From June 1, doctors and identified nodal officers in health facilities are to start referring patients through the arogya.karnataka.gov.in website.

The new web portal will be rolled out in May and public health facilities will need to use the platform and get familiar with it, but offline referrals will also be allowed if there are any issues in the process due to the process not being familiar. However, after June 1, manual recommendations will no longer be accepted.

All doctors and staff have been asked to train before May 15.

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