e-health Current Affairs - 2019
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Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan released National Digital Health Blueprint (NDHB) which aims to create National Digital Health Eco-System, in public domain. Health Ministry also sought inputs from various stakeholders on its vision.
Information Technology (IT) enabled schemes in health sector such as Ayushman Bharat Yojana (or Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana or National Health Protection Scheme), Reproductive Child Healthcare (RCH), NIKSHAY (a Tuberculosis control programme) etc. are benefitting patients at right time with right service delivery. Now, there is a need to ensure convergence across all these IT systems to monitor and provide health services in a robust and efficient manner. Thus in this background, Union Ministry of Health has initiated efforts in direction of a comprehensive, nationwide integrated e-Health system under National Digital Health Blueprint.
About National Digital Health Blueprint
NDHB is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi vision to reach each individual of India with services at their doorstep under Digital India programme.
NDHB Vision: To create a National Digital Health Eco-system that supports Universal Health Coverage (UHC) through a wide-range of data, IT/IT Enabled Services (IT/ITES), information and infrastructure services by duly leveraging open an interoperable, standards-based digital systems that will ensure security, confidentiality and privacy of health-related personal information.
Significance: It will strengthen Digital India and accelerate efforts towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
Currently the need is to create an ecosystem which can integrate existing health information systems and can also show a clear path for upcoming programmes for ensuring interoperability of Electronic Health Record (EHR) or electronic medical record.
Government sought feedback and inputs from all stakeholders to make this “digital revolution” more inclusive and collaborative.
Tags: Ayushman Bharat Yojana • Digital India programme • e-health • Electronic Health Record • National Digital Health Blueprint
Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd (TCIL) have signed agreement for implementation of e-VidyaBharati and e-AarogyaBharati (e-VBAB) Network Project in Africa. The project is seen as digital bridge of knowledge and health between India and Africa. It is also considered as important milestone in India’s development partnership with Africa.
E-VBAB Network Project
It is technological upgrade and extension of Pan-African e-Network Project (Phase 1) which was implemented in 48 partner countries across Africa from 2009 till 2017. The phase 1 of project had successfully imparted tele-education and tele-medicine by linking educational institutions and hospitals in India with those from participating countries from Africa.
e-VBAB Network Project is completely funded by Government of India for its entire duration. It is open for participation to all India’s partner countries in Africa. Over its five-year duration, this project will provide free tele-education courses to 4000 students every year from African countries. It will also be utilized for providing free continuing medical education (1000 every year) doctors, nurses, para-medical staff from Africa. Further, Indian doctors, through this project will also provide free medical consultancy to those African doctors who seek such consultancy.