New Delhi: NITI Aayog has released a white paper, ‘Vision 2035: Public Health Surveillance in India’, a continuation of the work on health systems strengthening. The document contributes by suggesting the mainstreaming of surveillance by making individual electronic health records the basis for surveillance. Public health surveillance (PHS) is an important function that cuts across primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of care. Surveillance is ‘Information for Action’.
The full document can be accessed here.
The key points include:
To make India’s public health surveillance system more responsive and predictive to enhance preparedness for action at all levels.
The citizen-friendly public health surveillance system will ensure individual privacy and confidentiality, enabled with a client feedback mechanism.
The improved data-sharing mechanism between Centre and states for better disease detection, prevention, and control.
India aims to provide regional and global leadership in managing events that constitute a public health emergency of international concern.