Universal Health Coverage Current Affairs - 2019

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CCHFW – Conference of Central Council of Health and Family Welfare

The 13th Conference of Central Council of Health and Family Welfare was inaugurated by the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare. The conference is to be held for one and half days on various issues in seven sessions.

About the Conference

The purpose of the conference is to build a consensus on National wealth priorities. It includes Universal Health Coverage through various flagship programs like Ayushman Bharat, National Control of Tuberculosis Program, National Nutrition Mission, etc. The conference also aims to promote steps towards the target of National Health Policy 2017, that is, to allocate 2.5% of GDP to health by 2025.

Highlights

  • The conference is to be conducted on 4 pillars of healthcare namely
    • Universal Health Coverage
    • Mission mode interventions
    • Quality and accessible affordable healthcare services
    • Adequate Infrastructure
  • At the inaugural function the Union Health Minister Dr Harsha Varshan released the following reports
    • National Diabetes and Diabetic Retinopathy Survey India (2015 – 19)
    • Report on National Diabetes and Diabetic Retinopathy survey India (2015 – 19)
  • The minister also unveiled leaflets on Suicide Prevention marking the World Mental Health Day
  • The following guidelines were released
    • Guidelines on Drugs and Diagnostic Service Initiative
    • Guidelines for Biomedical Equipment Management and Maintenance Program
    • Guidelines for Peritoneal Dialysis under Pradhan Mantri National Dialysis Program.
  • SUMAN – Surakshit Matritva Aashwasam – A new initiative for zero preventable maternal and new born deaths was launched.

Issues included in the agenda of the conference

  • Strengthening National Health Mission
  • Control programs for TB, Vector Borne diseases, Leprosy, Viral Hepatitis
  • National AIDS program
  • Reproductive health
  • Cardio – vascular diseases, Non – communicable diseases
  • Regulation in medical education
  • National Organ Transplant program
  • Clinical establishment acts

National Digital Health Blueprint: released by Health Ministry

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.

Background

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).

Way Ahead:

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.