CHENNAI: In order to provide hassle-free health services to its retired employees and their family members, ICF has launched an online system to deliver medicines through courier. The pilot project launched on Friday will benefit retired ICF employees residing in Chennai and peripheral areas.
Factory sources said retired employees suffered from blood pressure, diabetics, asthma and other chronic illnesses and needed to take medicines for a long time. “Earlier, such patients used to visit ICF hospital once in three months or on a monthly basis. Now, requests for medicines can be placed through online, for which beneficiaries need to register into http://pbicf.gov.in, using their employee number and unique patient ID number,” a ICF official said.
Requests received through online will be verified by medical practitioners at ICF hospital, after which it will be couriered to patients. “Online request medicines can be placed only for getting the same medicines second time. New medicines cannot be purchased through online,” explained the official.
The expenses of courier services should be borne by the patients. Presently, the service is offered to retired employees residing in Chennai and in its immediate vicinity. After studying the feasibility, ICF officials said the facility will be extended.
Online request for medicines will be accepted twice in six months. “After six months, the patients need to visit the hospital to update their health condition so as to get continuous treatment,” the sources added.
ICF hospital caters to about 10,510 employees on its rolls and 10,944 retired ICF and other railway employees.