Yesterday, Health Management Information system Portal was launched by Shri Naresh Dayal, Secretary for Health & Family Welfare. Speaking at the launch he said that real time data provided by the web enabled technologies will strengthen the monitoring and will enable policy makers to make better decisions for public health delivery.The portal 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. This portal has been an initiative undertaken within the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). NRHM was launched by the Government of India in April 2005, with a view to bringing about dramatic improvement in the health system and the health status of the people, especially those who live in the rural areas of the country. The Mission seeks to provide universal access to equitable, affordable and quality health care which is accountable and at the same time responsive to the needs of the people. The NRHM also aims to achieve the goals set out under the National Health Policy and the Millennium Development Goals during the Mission period.
Presently, 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 orDistrict 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. The HMIS portal captures data to be collected as per therevised HMIS formats on a web-based system at the District level so that the primary data can be easily aggregated and the information/reports flow quickly to the State HQ and the Ministry. The system also enables information to be entered for each facility so that MIS reporting can be of a better quality. The application has been developed by the Ministry ofHealth & Family Welfare in technical collaboration with M/s iBILT Technologies Ltd who will also be providing maintenance and support to the application for the next five years. The portal will be generating unique intelligence reports using the advanced SAS Data Warehousing platform and explore and establish new linkages and advanced analysis for policy initiatives.