'MP's E-Initiatives Building Robust Healthcare System
eHEALTH|August 2018
'MP's E-Initiatives Building Robust Healthcare System

e-Aushadhi initiative is one of the biggest initiatives in Madhya Pradesh, improvising our drug procurement system to get strengthened while making supply chain system far more efficient than it has been in the past, says Dr Pallavi Jain Govil, Principal Secretary, Public Health & Family Welfare Department, Government of Madhya Pradesh, in conversation with Divakar Mukherjee of Elets News Network (ENN).

Divakar Mukherjee

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Q How do you perceive MP’s health care sector in terms of quality, cost efficiency and accessibility?

If we were to use an objective indicator, which is not our assessment, but a third party assessment, I will list a few of these, which will itself show various improvements MP has made by careful planning and execution of its health programme. For three years, we have been constantly getting the price for the least out of pocket expenditure for our patients. It shows that our medicines are reaching our patients and they are getting good quality services at our hospital.

In terms of quality, our maternal and under five mortality has been going down significantly. It shows our success is corroborated by data given by Sample Registration System (SRS) Survey National Family Health Survey.

About accessibility, every health care facility in Madhya Pradesh has geospatial technique used for deciding areas bereft of a health care facility. It is accordingly planned and constructed. This leads to better accessibility and cost efficiency. We have positioned our sub-health centers, primary health care centers in this manner so that nobody has to travel a long distance to get treated and for reaching far-flung areas, 108 ambulance service is used. For upgradation of its health services, Madhya Pradesh is converting its primary health centers into health and wellness centers.

Q What is the impact of ICT in the field of Medical Sciences? How is your department delivering health care solutions through technology in the State?

On ICT front, MP has taken many e-initiatives to make health care delivery more efficient. The Government has developed a tablet based Anmol app, which records reproductive and child health (RCH) data of expecting mothers and newborns. It helps us in planning for immunisation and annual checkups. We are also using data analytics platform.

Our 108 Ambulance Service is also working on GPS (Global Positioning System) technology.

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