The AIIMS smart card started on a pilot basis in some departments of the premier health institute would be rolled out across all sections by March 31 for enabling all kinds of payments, the Delhi AIIMS said on Wednesday. Subsequently, no cash payment shall be accepted at any counters other than at the ‘AIIMS Smart Card’ top-up counters which shall be operationalised in multiple locations and shall operate on 24×7 basis, it said.
The AIIMS Smart Card will be the only way to make payments for all investigations and procedures other than electronic payments via UPI, debit cards, credit cards, etc, the AIIMS said.
In the order, its Director Dr M Srinivas referred to an office memorandum issued on November 17, 2022, advising that ‘AIIMS Smart Card’ facility for patients and attendants be started with effect from April 15, 2023 in collaboration with SBI Bank.
This was done to move to digital payments mode and to improve patient convenience so that they don’t have to stand in queues for making payments for various investigations and procedures or for getting snacks/food in cafeteria etc, the order stated.