The Health Ministry on Tuesday launched Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) segment of the Integrated Health Information Platform (IHIP) that helps in providing real-time data to policy makers for detecting outbreaks, reducing morbidity and mortality and lessening disease burden and better health systems.
The path-breaking initiative was launched in seven states. Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan, who launched the platform said the platform uses the latest technologies and digital health initiatives
She 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,” an official release quoted her as saying. She 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.
Congratulating the government for making this ambitious undertaking a reality, WHO Representative to India Dr Henk Bekedam 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 said.
The seven states where the programme is being implemented are Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh.