Software to cut human error in disability assessment
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Benjamin said there were complaints that certificates issued were subjective and that there was misuse and corruption. The health department's move to introduce the software was to check any malpractice.
A lot of information based on standards prescribed by the Persons with Disabilities Act and other relevant data have been fed into the software. Physically challenged persons will also be given an identification number so that they can avail themselves of treatment at any government hospital in the state.
At B J Medical College and Sassoon General Hospital, and other government medical colleges and hospitals, the protocol will be more or less the same.
All that the team of doctors have to do is take a picture of the physically handicapped person, make an assessment of disability as per parameters set in the software and feed details into the computer. "So far, we have assessed 560 physically handicapped persons and issued them certificates," Benjamin said.
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