Union Government launches a new state-of-the art Information Platform to monitor public health surveillance

26 November 2018, New Delhi

Ms Preeti Sudan, Union Health Secretary launched the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) segment of Integrated Health Information Platform (IHIP) in seven states today. 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.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms Preeti Sudan 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 also shared for the phase one implementation 32000 people at the block level, 13000 at the district level and 915 at the state level have been trained in the seven states- Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Orissa, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Kerala. IHIP now gives ability for near real time public health surveillance in seven states covering a population of nearly 350 million persons. By March 2019, the remaining 29 states will have IHIP, covering the entire population of over 1.3 billion people.

Ms Preeti Sudan, Union Secretary of Health also launched the IHIP vision and a ready-reckoner developed to navigate the platform.

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 potential of this initiative as about 70% of the health services is delivered by the private sector.

“For WHO, it has been a privilege to support the development of the platform in collaboration with numerous government stakeholders,” he added.

Among those present at the launch were Mr Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW); Mr Vikas Sheel, Joint Secretary, MoHFW; Dr Venkatesh, Director General of Health Services (DGHS), MoHFW; Dr Sujeet Kumar Singh, Director NCDC; Dr Henk Bekedam, WHO Representative to India; Dr Ramesh Krishnamurthy, Senior Advisor, WHO Headquarters; Dr Pradeep Khasnobis, Joint Director, IDSP NCDC and senior officials in the Union Health Ministry. Additional Chief Secretaries/Principal Secretaries (Health) and Mission Directors from the seven states (Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh) participated in the launch through video-conferencing.