HP: Integrated Health Information Platform- IHIP for Disease Surveillance launched
Shimla: With an objective of digitising healthcare among others, the Integrated Health Information Platform (IHIP) under Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme(IDSP) was launched in all 12 districts of Himachal Pradesh Wednesday, a state spokesperson said. The launching was chaired by Deputy Mission Director at the state-level which was followed by Chief Medical Officers in their respective districts. The inauguration was done in Kullu district under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Yunus.
IHIP is being set up in six states of India. IHIP is real time, village wise, case-based electronic health information system with GIS tagging which will help in prompt prevention and control of epidemic-prone diseases, the spokesperson of the health department said.
In 2016, the Centre had informed Parliament that the move behind setting up IHIP was to enable the creation of interoperable health records which can be made available and accessible throughout the country.
At the launch event, the health department spokesperson said information from other branches like tuberculosis control programme, maternal and child health programme and non-communicable disease programme also will be included in this platform.
This way, he said, all the authentic information required in the health department would be available in one place for ease of patients, data users as well as health planners.
The primary objective of IHIP is to enable the creation of standards compliant Electronic Health Records (EHRs) of the citizens on a pan-India basis along with the integration and interoperability of the EHRs through a comprehensive Health Information Exchange (HIE) as part of this centralized accessible platform. IHIP is envisaged to enable better continuity of care, secure and confidential health data/records management, better diagnosis of diseases, reduction in patient re-visits and even prevention of medical errors, better affordability, optimal information exchange to support better health outcome, better decision support system, and thus eventually facilitating improvement in the reforms of treatment and care of public health at National-Level.
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