From developing patient care to a better quality of life, the healthcare sector has faced innumerable ups and downs. While some have been resolved, there are several elements in the health sphere that still draws the attention of healthcare professionals, regulatory bodies etc. Combining health with information technology makes it more essential because the future lies in their hands with digital technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, AR/VR, 3D Printing etc. that is all set to control the healthcare sector in the near future.
“It is a dire need that every citizen of India should have an accountable and accessible healthcare”, said Dr Madhu Raikwar, Director, Central Bureau of Health Intelligence, Govt. of India, while speaking at Healthcare Innovation Summit, New Delhi.
Health as a subject has many social and environmental factors. Talking about National Health Resource Repository, Dr. Madhu said, “NHRR is a platform that helps in mapping the role of government and private health systems to provide a vigorous and available healthcare to the citizens. India is facing a lot of health financing problems where the out of pocket expenditure is very high and budget allocation is low. Considering the crunch in resource allocation, the Ministry needs to focus on the same to ensure that every citizen of India has an accountable and accessible healthcare.”
Having said this, Dr. Madhu further gave an insight on the National Health Resource Repository which according to her is the building block for Ayushman Bharat. She said, “We all know that there is a lack of complete information on public health facilities and this clearly marks an unavailability of registry profiling on healthcare units.”
“To bring things in place in the healthcare forum, we consulted many health programmes and realized that there needs to be a repository which should identify the number of establishments we have in India”, said Director, Central Bureau of Health Intelligence.
Further shedding light on the unique features of National Health Resource Repository, Dr. Madhu said, “It is one of its kinds of census in the healthcare of public and private healthcare establishment. At NHRR, we are using a tablet and a mobile application for collecting data with the help of ISRO, which happens to be our development partner. Simultaneously, it has been rolled out all across the country, where we will be giving a unique QR code to each and every healthcare establishment. Also, all the visualization and analytics for the future will be done on the ISRO platform.”
“With an aim to have a single platform for this comprehensive information, we are conducting a census of all healthcare establishment, which is a task in India which includes all the sub centers like primary health centres, district hospitals, clinics, dispensaries, radiology labs, chemists, medical colleges, super specialty hospitals, multi specialty hospitals that includes both private and public healthcare”, stated Dr. Madhu.
Going by the present healthcare scenario, Dr. Madhu continued, “As a building block of country’s long time strategy of digitising healthcare, we are aiming to have a strong and secured information technology to strengthen evidence based decision making in the healthcare sector.”