India-wide electronic database system for healthcare by 2020: JP Nadda
Union Health Minister JP Nadda said on Thursday that the government aims to establish an electronic database system in all districts of India.
“We aim to establish an electronic database in all of its districts by 2020, in order to reduce the burden of collecting, recording and storing data on paper,” Nadda said during an address to the 2nd International Conference on Primary Health Care (PHC) Towards UHC (United Healthcare) and SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), âheld in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Currently, the Ministry of Health has three common applications in use across the country in health and wellness centers – for Child Reproductive Health (RCH), Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD) and Tuberculosis. .
âOver time, we will move towards an interoperable application of comprehensive primary health care,â he said.
The minister said other digital health informatics initiatives include an interoperable electronic health records (EHR) system, a patient feedback system (MeraAspatal), a personal health records management system (PHRMS), a national identification number (NIN) for public and private health. healthcare facilities (this is a unique identification number for healthcare facilities).
The hospital information system (SIH) is also implemented for the computerized registration and entry of the EHR (electronic health record) / EMR (electronic medical record) of patients in public health establishments up to the level of SSP.
âThe Online Registration System (ORS) is a framework for linking various hospitals for online registration and appointments, online diagnostic reports and online blood availability requestâ, a- he added.
The Minister of Health also spoke on the theme “The future of primary health care”, adding that the government is making improvements in maternal, child health and communicable diseases.
âIndia has focused on improving community and primary health care services and established referral linkages, including transport and enhanced secondary care services, which have largely focused on mother, newborn, nutrition, child health and communicable diseases, âNadda noted.