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Haryana Govt set to screen children for eye problems

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Chandigarh: Having earned the Centre’s accolades for launching an online portal to track high risk pregnancy cases, Haryana Government’s Department of Health, is working on another innovative health model which will allow screening of children for eye problems across the State, it was revealed here on Friday.

To be developed in coordination with Natralya hospital in South India, the model will be software driven. An MoU will be signed soon in this regard. “This is yet another example of how increasingly technology is going to play a better role in data collection and disease monitoring,” said Amneet P Kumar, Secretary Health and Mission Director, National Health Mission, Haryana, while speaking at Elets Healthcare Leaders Forum, organised here on Friday.

There are a number of e-initiatives that Haryana’s health department has taken in the recent past, making the State first to do so across the country, like using software to make available all data of non- communicable diseases online.

“We are the first to make available the data of non communicable diseases online which will help in real time monitoring of all the patients and diseases across the state,” Kumar stated during the summit today.

The use of IT in healthcare is helping the state government in a big way to tackle challenges and problems. The most glaring example of this is how Maternal and Infant Death Reporting system has helped massively bring down the still birth rate of babies, which was as high as over 20% in remote areas. “In 2013, 17833 infant deaths were reported but the number came down to 5128 in 2018,”she said.

Dr Raj Bahadur, Vice Chancellor, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, also enumerated on how e-evaluation of examination answerpapers has brought about accountability and transparency in the system.

“We have introduced e-based examination system which is fool proof – the question paper is transferred online to the designated person in the examination hall just before the exam starts,” said Dr Bahadur on the occasion.

The programme also included a day-long conference to bring together policymakers, international experts and industry leaders who discussed and deliberated upon various aspects of building a healthier world and to find ways to move forward.

Conducive policies, reaching out to the last mile with healthcare services, importance of technology and innovation for health, challenges and opportunities, were discussed.

A Special Issue of eHEALTH magazine, a publication of Elets Technomedia, was also launched on the occasion.

About Elets: Led by Dr Ravi Gupta, CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Elets Technomedia is a premier technology and media research organisation of Asia and the Middle East. Since 2003 it’s been championing the cause of the governments, building knowledge-sharing platforms and highlighting importance of ICT for governance, health, education, urban development, and banking and finance sectors through conferences, publications, and knowledge portals.

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