AIIMS will now code the cause of death of a patient


The All India of Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) has started the facility of recording the “cause of death” of a patient. AIIMS authorities say that the data generated by doing so would help the government in framing the healthcare policies.

So far, there is no government system for coding the cause of death of a patient in India. This online platform for coding the cause of death is fully developed by AIIMS under the guidance of (Prof) Anand Krishnan of Centre for Community Medicine for the Registrar General of India (RGI) Office.

AIIMS has also established a network of 24 medical colleges across India and about 400 doctors have already registered with the system which will start coding of the verbal autopsy forms from next week.

Talking to Mail Today, Dr Krishnan said, “Last year, RGI office signed a MoU with AIIMS to provide technical support for its Sample Registration System (SRS) based verbal autopsy.” “SRS is the single most important source of data on annual demographic indicators which include cause of death. This platform is called Minerva. (Mortality in India established through Verbal Autopsies).” It also has online training platform for doctors to learn about the system an how to arrive at and code a cause of death.

Courtesy: Priyanka Sharma, India Today