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Tata Trusts and Karnataka government launches a digital pilot for healthcare

Tata Trusts, the philanthropic arm of the Tata Group, has partnered with the government of Karnataka to launch a digital pilot for primary health care services called Digital Nerve Centre (DinC). The pilot was launched in Kolar district in the state.

The centre hopes to utilise technology in order for the patients to access their information and improve overall healthcare services. It will cover five taluks (Kolar, Bangarapet, Mulbagal, Malur, and Shrinivaspur) across the district, and will cover primary as well as secondary health care services. Girish Krishnamurthy, vice-president, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) said the scheme hopes to cover and help all 1.6 million people in the Kolar district.

The DiNC aims to increase the awareness of the available healthcare programmes, with the appropriate dispersal of resources and use of health care information systems across the five taluks.

While the funding and the infrastructure will be handled by Tata Trusts and TCS, Karnataka’s Health and Family Welfare department is expected to administer all finance-linked health plans through the DiNC.

The initiative was announced earlier this month, with a purse of ₹4 crore being set aside for the agreement through the corporate social responsibility grant.

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National health information network

Earlier this year, the government said it wanted to create a health information network, and set up of a National Digital Health Authority (NDHA). The NDHA will be set up “to regulate, develop and deploy digital health across the continuum of care”. By 2020, the government will ensure a “district-level electronic database of information on health system components”, and “Strengthen the health surveillance system and establish registries for diseases of public health importance.”

By 2025, it intends to establish a “federated integrated health information architecture, Health Information Exchanges and National Health Information Network”. The health information architecture will “link systems across public and private health providers at State and national levels consistent with Metadata and Data Standards (MDDS) & Electronic Health Record (EHR)“.

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