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Health IT in Indian Healthcare System: A New Initiative

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Institute of Health Management Research, Jaipur, INDIA

Res. J. Recent Sci., Volume 1, Issue (6), Pages 83-86, June,2 (2012)

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to assess the current status of information system specifically in the areas of health sector, role ofhealth information technology (HIT) and its importance in improving the delivery of health care services; to assess the challenges/issues faced and future recommendation to improve the status of health IT in India. Secondary data is used. Various articles and research papers published in national and international journals are used. India is hub of IT and its use is increasing in health sector. Currently HIT is used through electronic health records (HER); telemedicine; digital health knowledge resource; hospital information management system; e-learning technologies, health informatics etc. Health Inter Network India project was designed to access the impact the IT in health. Various challenges and issues are involved with the use of information technology such as non availability of internet facility in all the geographical areas, absence of policy, guidelines and standards, lack of proper infrastructure and competent human resource. On the basis of the current status and challenges associated with Health IT, some recommendations are suggested such as formulation of policy, standards and guidelines to maintain the quality, improve the government funding to improve the current infrastructure, purchasing andinstalling technology and recruiting the competent staff or train existing health staff.

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