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First ever healthcare establishment census launched

Finding the right hospital nearby in a medical emergency can seem daunting. With the launch of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s first ever healthcare establishment census, patients will soon be able to look up for doctors, lab facilities, and infrastructure of any hospital in their vicinity at a click.

The Central Bureau of Health Intelligence of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) under the National Health Resource Repository (NHRR) project has engaged the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to develop a geo-web portal and mobile app for geo-tagging, geo-visualisation, and spatial analysis of all government and private health care establishments in the country.

“NHRR’s six-month pilot project has begun in Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh; Ranga Reddy, Sikkim; Rajkot, Gujarat; and Jodhpur, Rajasthan. It is being sponsored by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The project aims to create a geo-mapped platform for health resources, both government and private. It will cover hospitals, diagnostic labs, doctors, pharmacies, etc., and will also have data on human resource, and medical infrastructure of each health facility in the country,” said Dr Jagdish Prasad, Director General of Health Services (DGHS), MoHFW.

“This first ever healthcare establishment census will be carried out using paperless technology. National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), ISRO, will update all of India’s healthcare assets on the website ‘Bhuvan’,” he said.

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