Student Dissertation

Agency : e-Aushadhi; NHM; Programmatic Indent

Objective : • To understand the steps of indenting medicines on e- Aushadhi web portal. • To know the knowledge level of store pharmacists regarding online indent on an e-Aushadhi web portal. • To identify the issues regarding online indenting of programmatic medicines. • To provide suggestions for proper indent of medicines on e- Aushadhi web portal.

Background : Annual Online Indent of NHM Programmatic Medicines is opened for ten days on e- Aushadhi web portal. All the Districts Pharmacists and Municipal Corporation Pharmacists are informed to upload their requirements of Drugs/ Injectables / Surgical / Miscellaneous on the software within the given time limit. The study is conducted to know how user- friendly is the software for the people who use them on a day to day basis.

Methodology : Study Design- Cross-sectional Descriptive study Setting- Gujarat (Gandhinagar - State Level) Duration of study- Three months (February 5th, 2018 to May 5th, 2018) Sample size- 41 Sampling Technique- Convenience sampling Data collection procedure- Primary data will be collected from the pharmacists by interviewing them through close-ended questionnaire and telephonic interviews. Secondary data will be collected by interacting with them and past records. Data Analysis- Data will be analysed by Microsoft Excel Data collection instrument- Questionnaire (self-structured, quantitative)

Findings : Out of 41 pharmacists, 35 Pharmacists had issues in online Indent on e- Aushadhi web portal due to some reasons like incorrect calculations of drugs required, Confusion in quantity of medicines to be entered online, Lack of Query handling by GMSCL, etc.

Recommendations : Regular Training should be conducted at Regional level for all the District Pharmacists and Municipal Corporation Pharmacists so that they are aware of the functioning of e- Aushadhi web portal. The indent of different Programmatic Medicines should be open at separate timings so as to avoid confusion as there are similar medicines in different Programmes.