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National public health observatory launch soon for integration of government schemes

by Rishika Choudhury

Date & Time: May 12, 2022 10:57 AM

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• Monitor the policy implication framework for public health programmes
• Help to access information about any new disease outbreak

The Union Health Ministry is preparing a portal that will serve as an observatory for all public health programme-related data in India.

Concept of the NHPO

The National Public Health Observatory (NHPO) will have an integrated command control centre to monitor the policy implication framework across all states for public health programmes in India. The concept behind NHPO will be to analyse ongoing programmes, and based on that , strategies will be prepared for public policy-related implications. During a health emergency, this data observatory will act as a data control centre, it will also help in core policy planning.

Integrated command centre

The observatory will help the centre and states to access the information about any new disease outbreak. The Centre aims to integrate the data collected from different sources to utilise it for emergency management or policy planning in future.

Data integration under 8 categories

The health readiness index framework at NHPO will integrate the data under eight categories; population profile, healthcare infrastructure, healthcare financing and coverage, disease burden and surveillance, healthcare human resources, performance of public health programmes, digital health, and non-healthcare social wellbeing indicators.

Some integration completed

In the first stage NHPO, applications like Oxygen Demand Aggregation System (ODAS), Oxygen Digital Tracking System (ODTS), CoWIN, Aarogya Setu and INSACOG have already been integrated into the system. In the next stage, cross Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) identification is in progress. The observatory will be linked to several public health programmes .

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