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Union health minister launches new e-health and m-health initiatives

Union health minister launches new e-health and m-health initiatives

India Blooms News Service | | 07 Apr 2016, 03:10 pm
New Delhi, Apr 7 (IBNS) Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, J P Nadda, on the occasion of World Health Day on Thursday, launched several new e-health and m-health initiatives, including the ‘Swasth Bharat Mobile application’, the ‘ANM Online application-ANMOL’, the ‘E-RaktKosh initiative', and ‘India Fights Dengue’.
Speaking on the occasion he said, “We need to focus on the youth and adolescents of the country in our efforts to prevent and combat lifestyles diseases such as Diabetes."
ANMOL is a tablet-based application that allows auxillary nurse midwives (ANMs) to enter and update data for beneficiaries under their jurisdiction. 
The minister stated that since the application is Aadhaar-enabled, it will help in authentication of the records of field workers and beneficiaries. 
The Health Minister also launched ‘E-RaktKosh initiative', an integrated Blood Bank Management Information System that has been conceptualized and developed after multiple consultations with all stakeholders. 
This web-based mechanism interconnects all the blood banks in a state into a single network. 
The Integrated Blood Bank MIS refers the acquisition, validation, storage and circulation of various live data and information electronically regarding blood donation and transfusion service. The system is able to assemble heterogeneous data into legible reports to support decision making from effective donor screening to optimal blood dissemination in the field. 
Minister Nadda said that this initiative will be of great use to persons and families in need of blood transfusion. The application will enable not only information of the nearest blood bank on a mobile but also of the availability of the particular blood group in a given radius, he stated. 
Launching another mobile application ‘India Fights Dengue’, the minister said that this application will find wide use. As the fight against vector borne diseases, especially dengue, can be won only with effective community participation, this App empowers the community members how to contribute towards prevention of Dengue. 
The Health Minister also released the Guidelines for Dialysis Centre in a PPP Mode. He stated that soon every district in the country will have the facility of a Dialysis Centre operated under the PPP mode to leverage the potential of the private sector. These expanded facilities will help the renal disorder patients and reduce the out-of-pocket expenditure incurred on dialysis, the Health Minister added. 
The minister also unveiled the findings of the ICMR India DIABetes [INDIAB] Study Phase I, along with WHO Global Report on Diabetes, WHO India Technical Report on Diabetes in India.
He also informed that the Ministry, along with World Health Organization (WHO), has taken the lead and developed a Multi-Sectoral Action Plan involving nearly 40 ministries and departments. 
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