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Over 35s to be connected to healthcare system

19 September, 2021

In the next two to three years, all Sri Lankans over the age of 35 will be connected to a State healthcare institution and their medical reports and all health documents will be available online fulfilling a key policy in the “Vistas of Prosperity” policy document, the former Health Services Director General and the Director of PSSP Program, Dr. Jayasundara Bandara said.

He told the media via zoom, recently, that even now, the system can be accessed by logging into pssp.health.gov.lk. Over 350 State hospitals have already been connected to the system.

The final target of this project is to connect an MBBS doctor or nurse to every citizen at Grama Niladhari Division level. It is expected to protect the productive population (workforce) over the age of 35 from Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). Even younger people suffering from NCDs can register.

Dr. Bandara said that 350 State hospitals have already been included in this Health Information Management System (HIMS) and gradually all hospitals will be connected to the system. A number will be issued to every person over 35. Then his or her data will be made available to him or her and to medical consultants. His or her NCDs will be regularly monitored and controlled through the system.

Director, Health Information, Health Ministry, Dr. Palitha Karunapema said although some data will be used by decision-makers to provide a better and a more people-friendly free health service, the security of the data will be 100 percent assured, he said.