27.07.2020

The Ministry of Health suggests introducing remote medical examinations for drivers

The Ministry of Health suggests introducing remote medical examinations for drivers

Transport companies, according to the excuses of their managers, either have no place to keep medics or no spare money. Actually, it will take only 1 sq. meter to arrange a remote control point with some basic equipment like socket, internet cable, chair, table, camera, small printer, monitor, keyboard, thermometer, tonometer and breathalyzer. 

The driver starts with entering his personal ID code or mobile phone number. Then he answers "yes" or "no" to general questions, for example: "Did you get any sleep today? Do you have any complaints about how you feel?". Then the system requires him to check and fill in his body to temperature and blood pressure measurements. The instruction for the use of tonometer appear on the monitor. The next pictures are how to properly use the breathalyzer. After collecting all of the results, the driver receives a text message with a set of numbers. Entering them into the system means confirming the examination. The data is sent to the medical organization, where it is checked by a doctor. This means that the decision is still made by a person, not by a machine. If everything is in order, the doctor signs the voucher with his or her electronic digital signature. The driver's paper is printed out and he can start his shift. Each check-up, including its video recording, is saved on a separate file on a server and is available for an inspection. 

Taxi specialists are sure that switching to a remote medical examination system will be financially beneficial for taxi companies. It happens if a taxi park really uses services of doctors now, says the Head of the Competence Center of the International Eurasian Forum "Taxi" Stanislav Shvagerus.

“Today most companies buy a stamp and make traveling sheets  on their own, or buy already stamped sheets. No policeman from the Road Patrol Service won’t be able to verify such a paper as he doesn't have the authority”, said Stanislav Shvagerus. 

The initiative of Ministry of Health still hasn't even gotten into the State Duma. Probably, it will be subjected to a lot of critical assessments: from the technical, legal and medical points of view. But still it is much better for taxi safety than nothing. Of course, in terms of health control of drivers, which exists almost everywhere now. And, as a result, passengers constantly risk their own health. 


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