India launches its first national healthcare facility registry

The Union ministry of health and family welfare on Tuesday launched the National Health Resource Repository (NHRR), the first-ever registry in the country registry of authentic, standardized and updated geospatial data of all public and private healthcare. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is the project technology partner for providing data security.

The NHRR project aims to strengthen evidence-based decision making and develop a platform for citizens and provider-centric services by creating a robust, standardized and secure Information Technology (IT)-enabled repository of India’s healthcare resources.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is the project technology partner for providing data security.

NHRR shall be the registry of authentic, standardized and updated geospatial data of all public and private healthcare.

This resource repository shall enable advanced research towards ongoing and forthcoming healthcare challenges arising from other determinants of health such as disease and the environment.

It shall also enhance the coordination between central and state government for optimization of health resources, making ‘live’ and realistic state project implementation plans (PIPs) and improving the accessibility of data at all levels, including state heads of departments, and thus decentralize the decision making at district and state level.

Some key benefits of the NHRR project are to create a reliable, unified registry of country’s healthcare resources showing the distribution pattern of health facilities and services between cities and rural areas.

Additionally, it shall generate real-world intelligence to identify gaps in health and service ratios and ensure judicious health resource allocation and management.

It shall also identify key areas of improvement by upgrading existing health facilities or establishing new health facilities keeping in view the population density, geographic nature, health condition, distance.

 

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