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    Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology
Target group : Medical Records Managers, Medical Records Officers, Supervisors, Medical Records Assistants, Coding Technicians and Medical Records Clerks.
No.of Positions: 6 per batch
Duration: 2 Weeks
Dates: March 07 - 19, 2016
Frequency: Offered Twice  year
Medium of Instruction: English
Faculty Co-ordinator: Mr. M. Rajakumar
Year of Starting 2009

Why come to Aravind?

Every aspect of hospital operation, from outreach to treatment to follow-up, hinges on the maintenance of accurate medical records. As the largest eye care provider in the world, Aravind Eye Care System records over 1.5 million patients symptoms, test results, treatments and outcomes in its medical records system every year, conducting 300,000 surgeries with complication rates lower than those in the United Kingdom. This training course is designed help hospitals in developing countries replicate that level of efficiency and accuracy.

Better information systems would allow many hospitals in developing countries to improve their quality of care and speed of patient throughput. Using medical records of appropriate detail and ease allows meaningful information to flow to ophthalmologists and managers, while decreasing the administrative burden on office staff. Medical records information systems also protect patients, physicians, and hospitals legal interests. No other course directly addresses the use of medical records in eye hospitals to improve hospital efficiency and care quality.

What will you be able to do?

This two-week course will guide you through developing a comprehensive system that generates, records, maintains, and analyzes information from medical records. You will be able to establish a Medical Records Department (MRD) in your hospital in accordance with global best practices, from data organization to IT-driven processing efficiency.

How will you learn?

Class time is a combination of lectures and case discussions complemented with significant exposure to MRD implementation within the Aravind System. Expect thorough exposure to Aravinds tertiary care hospitals, vision centers, community centers, and outreach programmes

Are you eligible?

If you are a professional concerned with the day to day operation of an eye hospitals Medical Records Department, have basic knowledge of computers, and have listening and speaking proficiency in English, then this course is designed for you. Past participants have included Medical Records Managers, Medical Records Officers, Supervisors, Medical Records Assistants, Coding Technicians, Medical Records Clerks.


When to come?

This two weeks course is offered twice a year, March & September. This year it is from March 07- 19, 2016.

Where to stay?

Inspiration is Aravind's new home for trainees. It is a comfortable and quiet place within a five minute walk of the hospital and classrooms. It offers common spaces where you can relax and chat with your classmates from all over the world. Rooms have televisions and wireless Internet connections, and the rates below mentioned indicate room rent and do not include other services. Food will be served at the Inspiration dining room and will be charged separately.

Cost per participant per month, INR          A/C             Non-A/C
Single         12,000               6,000
Twin Sharing           8,400             4,200

Where to learn?

The course will be held at Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology (LAICO), in Madurai, India. It is fully equipped with a 200-seat auditorium, projector-enabled classrooms and facilities for group discussion. Madurai is well connected by air, rail and road to Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai and Trivandrum. Nearby tourist attractions include a hill resort at Kodaikanal, the temple town of Rameswaram, and the southernmost tip of India at Kanyakumari.

The climate will be pleasant during March. The days will generally be warm and the nights comfortable.

E-mail terminals are available in LAICO, which participants can use during breaks, before or after hours. Many phone booths for interstate and international calls are near Inspiration.

How to pay?

Participants from India and Nepal have to pay a Rs. 11,450,  and all other overseas participants have to pay US $401 including course fee plus service tax 14.5%. These amounts include tuition, teaching materials and hospital visits. Securing your spot in the course requires sending the course fee within two weeks of receiving your confirmation letter. An invoice in this letter will instruct you how to pay by Demand Draft (D.D.) to Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology in Madurai, India. If admission is within two weeks of the start of the course, payment is to be made as early as possible. If you request to cancel your enrollment two weeks prior to the course start date you will be refunded 100% of your payment. A 25% cancellation fee is applicable if we receive your cancellation request occurs less than two weeks prior to the course start date.

How to prepare?

All travelers must secure a visa before arriving. When we receive your registration details we will send an invitation letter for your local Embassy or Consulate on your behalf. It must be submitted along with your application for the conference Visa. Visa processing takes time, so we ask you to apply well in advance.