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Health Ministry launches real-time data technology to detect disease outbreak

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In a bid to detect outbreak of diseases in real time, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare recently launched the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP).

health_ministry“The path-breaking initiative will provide near-real-time data to policy makers for detecting outbreaks, reducing the 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,” an official communiqué released from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.

The IDSP is a segment of Integrated Health Information Platform (IHIP) that has been initially launched in seven states.

Speaking on the occasion, Preeti Sudan, Union Health Secretary, 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,” she said.

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,  Dr Henk Bekedam, WHO representative to India 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 added.

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