Web enabled tech to improve monitoring, implementation of NRHM

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New Delhi, Oct 21 (UNI) The real time data provided by the web enabled technologies will strengthen the monitoring and implementation of the National Rural Health Mission and will enable policy makers to make better decisions for public healthcare delivery, Health Secretary Naresh Dayal said today.

Speaking after launching the Health Management Information System (HMIS) portal here, Mr Dayal said the portal http://nrhm-mis.nic.in will help converting the data locally into useful information, management indicators, trends etc which could be displayed graphically in the reports.

The new system envisages enhancing the information flow at various levels and providing useful and timely inputs for programme development, monitoring and midcourse interventions in the policies.

Accurate, relevant and up-to-date information is essential for the health service providers at all levels so that they can initiate action on the gaps in the system based on evidence and information.

It recognises the need for an information base, one of the core strategies of the 'Strengthening capacities for data collection, assessment and review for evidence based planning, monitoring and supervision.

As a step in this direction, the Ministry is establishing the dedicated Health Management Information System (HMIS) portal for all Public Health related information. Presently, a majority of the health sector data flows from the various health institution in the rural health infrastructure (Health Sub-Centres, Primary Health Centre, Community Health Centre etc) on paper forms before it is aggregated at a higher level at the Block or District Headquarters.

Aggregation of data is done manually or through computers located at higher levels. The flow of data thus gets delayed and leads to delays in reporting and sending timely feedback to the data source.

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