A new state-of-the art information platform to monitor public health surveillance

Preeti Sudan, Union Health Secretary did a soft-launch of the Integrated Disease Surveillance Program (IDSP) segment of Integrated Health Information Platform (IHIP) in seven states. The path-breaking initiative will provide near-real-time data to policy makers for detecting outbreaks, reducing 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. The success of this platform will depend primarily on the quality of data shared by the states. For an 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. The IHIP vision and a ready-reckoner developed to navigate the platform were also launched.

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