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Meeting of the Presidium of the Government Coordination Council to control the incidence of the novel coronavirus infection in the Russian Federation

Mikhail Mishustin’s Opening Remarks

Good afternoon colleagues.

The coronavirus situation remains complicated. The entire healthcare system, our doctors and other medical workers have to shoulder an enormous burden. This primarily applies to outpatient clinics.

At the same time, as the President noted, we must keep hospitals on the alert as well. The regional authorities have been instructed to ensure the formation of a bed reserve. Importantly, hospitals must be able to accept not only adults but also little patients.

People must feel comfortable when receiving medical care. With this aim in view, the Government continues its work on developing the digital foundation of healthcare.

It has updated its proposal on the unified state information system in this area. It will connect all regional medical facilities. Most documents must become electronic. This applies to different extracts, documents and medical records. Doctors and patients won’t have to look for a patient’s medical records even if that person has moved to a new area or a different clinic or hospital. All the information will be kept in one place. This makes life a lot easier and in an emergency this may save a human life.

In the near future, the potential of the unified information system will be expanded in several areas. It will start receiving data from different federal registries as well as information on pharmaceutical support of people and results of medical tests. It will also have data on accredited specialists and, of course, instructions on countering the spread of the coronavirus. Analysis of this information will allow specialists to predict developments and take prompt measures.

All these measures will allow us to upgrade medical care for people and improve its efficiency.

Let’s go over to our discussion.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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