Shiban Ganju,Â President of AtrimedÂ Pharmaceuticals andÂ convener of iHIND, hasÂ plans to develop andÂ integrate end-to- endÂ electronic healthcareÂ informatics network inÂ India. iHIND is a nationalÂ interoperable healthÂ information network,Â which enables variousÂ stakeholders to haveÂ access to healthcareÂ information
A pilot for rural health IT has been conducted to connect 16 Rajiv Arogya Yojna clinics in Amethi, UP. The collaborators in the project being IAMI, CDAC, SAI Tech, Asia Heart Foundation and Save A Mother Foundation
President of Atrimed Pharmaceuticals
and Convener, iHIND
iHIND (Indian Health Information Network Development) is a national volunteer leadÂ initiative for creation of a HIN (Health Information Network). It takes account of IndiaâsÂ 626 districts and uses a hub-and-spoke model to connect various healthcareÂ entities and aggregate data. The initial 20 member team has rapidly grown to 41.Â iHIND has expertise in various fields, including drug surveillance , improved healthcareÂ quality, healthcare finance and technology, secure access to data on demand,Â reduction of duplication and errors, fraud and abuse prevention, public health andÂ planning.
A pilot for rural health IT has been conducted to connect 16 Rajiv Arogya Yojna clinicsÂ in Amethi, UP. The collaborators in the project being IAMI, CDAC, SAI Tech, AsiaÂ Heart Foundation and Save A Mother Foundation.
The government health department, insurers provide need based access, which isÂ revenue neutral data. This is minimum data created to merge into clinical UID andÂ UHID. Policy framework is important to facilitate the data to access issues pertaining Â to healthcare. The national autonomous (neutral), governing council looks after theÂ accountability issues, and ensures appropriate participation, policy and legal consistencyÂ and transparency.
The draft policy work was submitted to the Ministry of Health in April 2010 for the startÂ of a pilot in rural and urban districts. In the meanwhile Health Secretary formed a teamÂ to identify EMR standards for India with a six month mandate. The team is working onÂ this and making good progress and we expect to complete the work in March 2011.
The iHIND foundation designs, develops and integrates an end-to-end electronicÂ healthcare informatics network in India to improve public health, health research andÂ the delivery of healthcare. The healthcare department needs to identify standardsÂ necessary for India and comply with international standards. Establishment of open Â source, open architecture, tools and components that support standards-based development Â and operations of the healthcare systems is equally important. The initiative Â ensures systems interoperability across all platforms and mediums and aimsÂ to assess potential privacy and security issues and set up guidelines for its compliance.Â It also helps to develop methods of certification and accreditation process forÂ all healthcare stakeholders. .
The work is primarily focussed on empowering the rural in India with improvedÂ healthcare infrastructure. With the successful implementation of Telehealth programmes,Â an initiative taken up by UNICEF and Bill Gates Foundation, the maternal Â mortality rates have fallen by 93 percent in 1000 villages in 39 districts. The cost of thisÂ IT project is also quite low.