The Vision for Healthcare in Odisha

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P K Mohapatra, Principal Secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Odisha

The Government of Odisha recognises that investing in health results in invaluable gains in the area of human development. The improvement of health of the state’s citizens and equitable access to good quality healthcare are primary goals. Health & Family Welfare Department, Government of Odisha, has been making constant and concerted efforts to formulate and implement schemes to ensure adequate health care services to the people of the State in line with National Health Policy.

Major IT initiatives

To take the health facilities to the doorstep of the people many new IT initiatives have been taken. These include, E-Swasthya Nirman for monitoring construction activities, E-Sanjog for GPS based MHU tracking, Contraceptive Logistics Management Information System(CLMIS), OVLMS (Odisha Vaccine logistic Management System), ITEM (Integrated Training and Evaluation Management System), E-attendance, HRIMS (Human Resource Information Management System), E-blood bank, Grievance redressal system for JSSK scheme, OSMIS (Odisha state malaria information system).

In addition to the above, the Department has signed MOU with National Institute of Smart Government (NISG) for implementation of Hospital Management Information System both for the major Hospitals and District Hospitals. This project is most ambitious project of the Department to be implemented very shortly.

The objective of using IT enabled services is to strengthen the monitoring and evaluation system, to assess the gaps and rationally priotrise resource allocation, etc. Due to active initiative by government the health budget is increased to 6.1 percent from 4 percent of the last year and a significant contribution goes to IT initiatives.

Special benefits to expectant mothers

Current IMR of the state is 57, out of which 2/3rd is due to neonatal mortality. For focused attention to reduce neonatal mortality, the State Government is establishing NBCC along with NSSK training, establishment of SNCU and NBSU for treatment of sick new born, IMNCI implementation in the community, establishment of Nutritional Rehabilitation Centre (NRC) with extra manpower for nutritional counselling.

Beyond NRHM initiatives such as ASHA, JSY, JSSK and VHND on mother and child care, there are many state run initiatives that provides special benefits to expectant mothers.

AIIMS in Odisha

AIIMS Bhubaneswar is one of the six AIIMS like apex healthcare institutes being established by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojna (PMSSY). With the aim of correcting regional imbalances in quality tertiary level healthcare in the country, and attaining self sufficiency in graduate and postgraduate medical education and training institutions in underserved areas of the country.

The institution will impart both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education in all its branches and related fields, along with nursing and paramedical training to bring together in one place educational facilities of the highest order for the training of personnel in all branches of health care activity.

Some of the major IT initatives with respect to service delivery in remote areas:


• GPS based MHU tracking: To improve the quality of service delivery in unreachable areas, a web based GPS application is set up to track mobile health units to monitor and ensure service delivery on time. Human Resource monitoring and management

• HRMIS ( Human Resourse Management Information System) : In the State of Odisha, the Doctors database is automated with all functionalities of HR management, districtwise incumbency and vacancy monitoring system is in place to support in improving rationale transfer and posting of Doctors. Citizen centric applications

• e–blood bank: The biggest advantage of this automation process shall be for the general public as all the blood banks in the state are linked through internet, thereby making the information of blood stock available in the public domain with a simple sms, ivrs and web.

• Telemedicine: It is an emerging mode of delivering health care services in places there is none and improving the quality of health care where some kind of health care service is available. Currently, all 3 medical colleges of the state alongwith all DHHs and Rourkela Govt. hospital are interconnected to provide services through telemedicine covering all 30 districts. PG trainees also benefit through online teaching facility.

Supply Chain Management

• Vaccine logistics management system: A web based management system to ensure timely indenting, stock management and rational distribution of vaccines across the State.

• Drug Inventory Management System: A web based management system to ensure timely indenting, stock management and rational distribution of drugs across the State.

Principal Secretary, Department

The author is Principal Secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Odisha

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