Health Ministry launches a new state-of-the art Information Platform to monitor public health surveillance

Union Health Secretary did soft-launch of the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) segment of the Integrated Health Information Platform (IHIP) in seven states. The path-breaking initiative will provide near-real-time data to policymakers for detecting outbreaks, reducing the morbidity and mortality and lessening disease burden in the populations and better health systems.

The first one-of-its-kind initiative by the Government of India, IHIP uses the latest technologies and digital health initiatives.

Mrs. Preeti Sudan, Union Secretary of Health also launched the IHIP vision and a ready-reckoner developed to navigate the platform.

Congratulating the government for making this ambitious undertaking a reality,  Dr. Henk Bekedam, WHO Representative to India said that it is imperative to collaborate with the private sector to ensure the sustainability of this initiative.

About Integrated Health Information Platform (IHIP)

IHIP is real time, village-wise; case-based electronic health information system with GIS tagging which will help in prompt prevention and control of epidemic-prone diseases.

The initiative will provide near-real-time data to policymakers for detecting outbreaks, reducing the morbidity and mortality and lessening disease burden in the populations and better health systems.

The primary objective of IHIP is to enable the creation of standards-compliant Electronic Health Records (EHRs) of the citizens on a pan-India basis.

The EHRs aims to build a comprehensive Health Information Exchange (HIE) as part of this centralized accessible platform.

The success of this platform will depend primarily on the quality of data shared by the states.

For effective implementation of the platform, 32,000 people at the block level, 13,000 at the district level and 900 at the state level have been trained.

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