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National Summit on Good, Replicable Practices & Innovations

  • 30 Dec 2020
  • 6 min read

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The Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare digitally inaugurated the 7th National Summit on Good, Replicable Practices & Innovations through a video conference.

Key Points

  • About the Summit:
    • The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare holds the National Summit on Good, Replicable Practices and Innovations in Public Healthcare Systems in India.
    • The first such summit was held in 2013 at Srinagar to recognize, showcase and document various best practices and innovations in the public healthcare system.
    • The practices and innovation presented in these summits span across programmatic areas ranging from RMNCH+A (Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child Health and Adolescent Health) to communicable diseases (including Tuberculosis, Malaria and other vector borne diseases and Leprosy) to new areas of Non-Communicable Disease control programmes.
    • They also include innovations that apply systems thinking to health problems such as the use of information technology to strengthen continuum of care, and to address human resource shortages and challenges in capacity building.
  • Highlights of the 7th National Summit:
    • In the year 2020, 210 new initiatives were uploaded by the States and UTs in the National Healthcare Innovation Portal.
      • National Health Innovation Portal was launched to serve as a platform in the public domain to facilitate collection and dissemination of good practices and innovations that are found to be replicable.
    • The Covid-19 pandemic has made the country self-reliant in the area of manufacturing of PPE kit, Ventilator, mask, vaccine etc.
    • More than 1 million tele-consultations have been done on the e-Sanjeevani digital platform of the Health Ministry.
      • e-Sanjeevani is a doctor to doctor telemedicine system, being implemented under the Ayushman Bharat Health and Wellness Centre (AB-HWCs) programme.
    • Department of Health and Family Welfare has won the Digital India award 2020 under the Open Data Champion category for the e-Sanjeevani digital platform.
      • The National Informatics Centre (NIC), under Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY), has been conducting the biennial Digital India Awards to promote innovation in eGovernance and digital transformation of government service delivery mechanism.
    • Digital transformation has enabled the country to develop a national digital health ecosystem that supports Universal Health Coverage in an efficient, accessible, inclusive, affordable, timely and safe manner.
    • There is a need to involve and integrate the grassroots healthcare workers for brainstorming on the innovations in the healthcare ecosystem, and benefit from the collective wisdom which emanates from years of experience and expertise of working with people’s health delivery systems.
  • Recent Examples of Health Digitisation:
    • National Digital Health Mission (NDHM):
      • The NDHM is a complete digital health ecosystem. The digital platform will be launched with four key features: health ID, personal health records, Digi Doctor and health facility registry.
    • Aarogya Setu App:
      • It has an objective of enabling bluetooth based contact tracing and mapping of likely hotspots and dissemination of relevant information about Covid-19.

Health Management Information System

  • It is a Government to Government (G2G) web-based Monitoring Information System to monitor the National Health Mission and other Health programmes and provide key inputs for policy formulation and appropriate programme interventions.
  • HMIS was launched in October 2008. Currently, around 2 lakh health facilities (across all States/UTs) upload facility wise service delivery data on monthly basis, training data on quarterly basis and infrastructure related data on annual basis on HMIS web portal.
  • HMIS has been utilised in Grading of Health Facilities, identifications of aspirational districts, review of State Programme Implementation Plan (PIPs), etc.
  • The analytical reports generated through HMIS also provide gap analysis and evidence based course correction.
  • HMIS captures facility-wise information as follows:
    • Service Delivery (Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health related, Immunisation, family planning, Vector borne disease, Tuberculosis, Morbidity and Mortality, OPD, IPD Services, Surgeries etc.) data on a monthly basis.
    • Training Data (Trainings imparted to Medicals and Paramedics staff at District and State level data) on quarterly basis.
    • Infrastructure (Manpower, Equipment, Cleanliness, Building, Availability of Medical Services such as Surgery etc., Super Specialties services such as Cardiology etc., Diagnostics, Para Medical and Clinical Services etc.) data on annual basis.
  • The HMIS Portal facilitates the flow of physical performance from the Facility level to the Sub-district, District, State and National level using a web based Health Management Information System (HMIS) interface.
  • The new HMIS provides a seamless online platform through the provision of a wide range of data, information and infrastructure services, duly leveraging open, interoperable, standards-based digital systems.


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