GUWAHATI: Hospitals in the North Eastern States will soon use Electronic Mortality Record (e-Mor) system to improve the cause of death certification which will eventually result in generating quality statistical data on mortality in the region.
The e-Mor system will aid doctors to accurately record the cause of death and generate quality statistical data on mortality.
B. Borooah Cancer Institute (BBCI), in association with National Informatics and Research (NCDIR), Bangalore, under the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), recently conducted a workshop on e-Mor system among doctors to improve the cause of death certification in hospitals of the Northeast. Four experts from the NCDIR explained the usage of the software for e-Mor at the workshop on the BBCI campus.
Altogether 37 doctors and allied personnel from nine hospitals of the Northeast attended the workshop. Doctors from Sikkim’s STNM Hospital, Silchar Medical College, Regional Institute of Medical Sciences in Imphal, Bakin Pertin General Hospital of Pasighat, Cachar Cancer Hospital, Civil Hospital of Aizawl, Naga Hospital Authority of Kohima and Tomo Riba State hospital in Naharlagun attended the workshop and planned to introduce e-Mor system in their respective hospitals at the earliest.
Dr Jagannath Sharma, principal investigator of the ICMR cancer registry at BBCI said even though the incidence of cancer in Assam is very high compared to other parts of the country, information on cancer mortality is not enough due to improper medical certification of death.
“A person diagnosed with cancer earlier may die of different causes but the doctor will certify the cause of death as cancer. This results in improper data. The e-Mor system will eliminate these problems while aiding research activities,” Dr Sharma said.
Around 40,000 new cases of cancer are detected in the Northeast every year, out of which 31,000 are from Assam alone. Kamrup district has the fourth highest incidence of cancer among men and third highest for women in the country.