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While the majority of private hospitals and medical institutes record patient history yet the details about chronology and information about treatment protocols administered is scanty. Similarly, the records of consumables brought by patients at the time of surgery or revenue lost to patient’s investigations sent out to private labs are usually not available.The Govt of India recently issued a notification,“Cost records shall be maintained on regular basis in such manner as to facilitate calculation of per unit cost of production or cost of operations, cost of sales and margin for each of its products and activities for every financial year on monthly or quarterly or half-yearly or annual basis.”

There is no legislative framework in India at the moment, which would enable collating data from hospitals on standard indicators of quality of patient care. It is only such data on patient care processes and outcomes, which would enable any meaningful audit of medical services with a view to making these services patient oriented. Hospital services should be such as to facilitate better patient outcomes and should be consistent with current professional knowledge. But without any data on quality of care indicators, there is no way to identify areas which need improvement and which could indeed enable patients to be better served.

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