IHIP to be a game-changer: Mukherjee

ITANAGAR, July 29: A two-day state level workshop-cum-training of trainers of Arunachal Pradesh on ‘Use of integrated health information platform (IHIP) in integrated disease surveillance programme begun at Dorjee Khandu State Convention Centre here on Monday.

H&FW secretary-cum-NHM mission director Juhi Mukherjee, in her inaugural address as chief guest, appreciated IHIP concept, saying it is a momentous occasion to witness the start of a watershed project. She emphasized that “what gets measured will be monitored” and advised the gathering to commit themselves to doing their work with integrity and sincerity. She expected nothing less than full sincerity from all participants for tailor-made intensive sessions.

She lauded state epidemiologist-cum-surveillance officers (IDSP) Dr. L. Jampa and his team for the high quality workshop. She agreed that IHIP once fully implemented will be a game-changer in integrating many of health data systems to facilitate proper planning and resource allocations.

Dr. Jampa earlier gave brief status of IDSP in the state since its launching in year 2007.

The workshop-cum-training intended soft launching of IHIP in the state with WHO Division of Data, Analytics and Delivery for Impact senior advisor Dr. Ramesh Krishnamurthy, WHO (India) National Professional Officer on health security & emergency Dr. Pavana Murthy and consultant epidemiologist of Central Surveillance unit of IDSP at National Centre for Diseases Control Dr. Sandeep Goyal as resource persons to train 3 participants from each 20 district surveillance units of IDSP.

Dr. Murthy said that unlike the IDSP which provides weekly reporting on 16-communicable diseases, the IHIP will cover up-to more than 33+ diseases and shall be on a daily basis reporting and case based system. He informed that here will be a hands-on training ‘IHIP-Mobile App’ during the workshop and also encouraged all the participants to be interactive during the workshop in order to learn to the maximum possible. The uninterrupted internet service during the workshop was being provided with NIC support

Dr. Krishnamurthy, in his keynote address, said that the IHIP is ‘a system of systems’ in data collection and generation, emphasizing that in the large buckets of the data that is available in the country a high granular data can be obtained to map out their occurrences. The IHIP will help to layerout the geographical information by adopting geo-special epidemiology and no fake data or nonsensical data can be allowed as every data is accounted and audited.

He declared that the IHIP will be a game-changer for disease surveillance, predicting outbreaks/epidemics to near real-time accuracy to enable for taking quick and prompt actions to even up-to village/to the household level. He said India is going to be the first country in the world to adopt IHIP for all possible data collection and management in the health sector to set an example.

Health services director Dr. Emi Rumi, as guest of honour reminded that in the aura of digital world and concept of winning the war, the onus of responsibility lies in the  health workers at district level. He advised the participants to learn their maximum and they must sensitize the DMO and DRCHO about the IHIP.

the IHIP is a web-enabled near–real-time electronic information system embedded with all applicable GoI’s e-governance standards to ensure IT, data and meta-data standards through state-of the–art single operating picture with geo-spatial information for managing disease outbreaks and related resources. Its  key features are: real-time data reporting (along through mobile application), accessible at all levels (from villages, states and central levels); advanced data modelling and analytical tools; GIS enabled graphical representation of data into integrated dashboard; role & hierarchy based feedback and alert mechanisms;  geo-tagging of reporting health facilities and  scope for data integration with other health programs.

The IHIP in first phase was soft launched in selected districts of  states states (Karnataka, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, HP, UP and Kerala) through video conferencing by Union H&WF secretary at New Delhi’s Nirman Bhawan on 26.11.18, according to an official release.

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