Govt launches information platform to monitor public health surveillance

Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan, on Monday, launched a new state-of-the-art information platform to monitor public health surveillance in seven states.

According to a statement by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the path-breaking initiative will provide near-real-time data to policy makers 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, Integrated Health Information Platform (IHIP) uses the latest technologies and digital health initiatives.

While launching, Sudan stated that the success of this platform will depend primarily on the quality of data shared by the states. “Data is power and power is to help people,” she said.

The Health Secretary urged the state secretaries to be earnest in adopting this platform to strengthen early outbreak detection and informed public health response. She also shared that 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.

Sudan 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.

“For WHO, it has been a privilege to support the development of the platform in collaboration with numerous government stakeholders,” he added.

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