India to have online process for clinical trials by 2013

In order to improve the process of clinical trail approvals, the Government of India is planning to introduce e-Governance project for clinical trails by 2013. This movement will enable companies from any part of the world to file online applications to seek approval for clinical trials from the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI).

With the help of e-Governance project, companies would be able to send all required information online for filing for clinical trial approval. The DCGI office would then examine the data provided and generate queries. After validating the information given by companies, approvals for these trials would be delivered online. The software would split the information and send relevant data to various departments for clearances. According to the drug quality regulator, it would take about four years to put the system in place and e-governance is expected to be implemented in the country by 2013.

The government also intends to make use of information technology to discourage volunteers to enroll into more than one clinical trial resulting in adverse drug reactions. The government is using a finger printing software available through which clinical trial centres can be interlinked. The companies have asked companies to install the software so that they can enroll first time volunteers and avoid drug.

India launches health management info portal

The Government of India has launched the Health Management Information System (HMIS) portal to convert local health data into real time useful information, management indicators and trends, which could be displayed graphically in the reports.

Launching the portal, Health and Family Welfare Secretary Naresh Dayal said that real time data provided by the web-enabled technologies will strengthen the monitoring and would enable policy makers to make better decisions for public health delivery.

The new system envisages enhancing the information flow at various levels and providing useful and timely inputs for programme development, monitoring and midcourse interventions in the policies.

Recognising the need for an information base, one of the core strategies of the strengthening capacities for data collection, assessment and review for evidence based planning, monitoring and supervision, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has established this dedicated portal for all public health related information. The HMIS portal captures data to be collected as per the revised HMIS formats on a web-based system at the District level so that the primary data can be easily aggregated and the information and reports flow quickly to the state head quarters and the Ministry. The system also enables information to be entered for each facility so that MIS reporting can be of a better quality. The application has been developed by the Ministry in technical collaboration with iBILT Technologies who will also be providing maintenance and support to the application for the next five years. The portal will be generating unique intelligence reports using the advanced SAS Data Warehousing platform and explore and establish new linkages and advanced analysis for policy initiatives.

Telemedicine could solve India’s healthcare woes says UN official

With the growing cost of healthcare becoming a major headache for governments across the world, telemedicine could provide a solution to India and other countries grappling with the problem. Listing the advantages of telemedicine, Alice Lee, the chief of the UN programme on space applications said that developed countries too were now relying on telemedicine.

“In Germany, officials expect to save 300 euros (INR 19,000) on each patient through telemedicine. In the US, specialists are not able to reach the patients residing in rural areas and telemedicine has been effective in such cases,” said Lee. Telemedicine uses satellite technology to establish link between a doctor and patient and is one of the thematic areas of sustainable applications of space technology. It ensures that right medication reaches the patient at a much lower cost.  Lee said that in India, the need for telemedicine could be gauged from the fact that nearly 85 per cent of doctors reside in urban areas, while a significant number of patients are from the rural areas. In India in the next 2-3 years, “we plan to connect 512 hospitals with telemedicine facility,” Lee said.


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