Non Communicable diseases Current Affairs - 2019

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India, Sweden join hands to set up Healthcare Innovation Centre in India

India and Sweden has joined hands to set up a healthcare innovation centre to promote research, broadly in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and help scale-up Indian start-ups in the sector. Later, AIIMS, Delhi; AIIMS, Jodhpur, and Swedish Trade Commissioner’s Office in New Delhi signed a Memorandum of Intent (MoI) to cement cooperation, to set up a healthcare innovation centre. The signing of MoI marks 10 years of India-Sweden health cooperation.

Key Highlights

The announcement about cooperation was made earlier in presence of Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf and Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.  The new cooperation among two AIIMS and Swedish side will be a broad-scoped one and work in areas of cancer and other NCDs, besides innovation.

Over the past decade, the cooperation between India and Sweden has grown in strength. The year 2019 marks Sweden-India Year of Health marking 10 years of India-Sweden cooperation in healthcare. This collaboration is built on quadruple-helix model with active participation of government, private enterprises, civil society and academia.

A ‘coordination cell’ will be set up at Swedish Trade Commissioner’s in New Delhi. It will look at entire ecosystem and will promote innovation broadly in NCDs and other disease areas, besides innovation in technology, processes, data, business models and skilling.

India-Sweden innovation centre collaboration will not only strengthen India’s efforts in finding innovative solutions for ‘affordable and accessible healthcare in India’ but will also strengthen healthcare delivery system by an outcome and result based approach.

Health Ministry partners with Dell and Tata Trusts to provide technology solution for healthcare program

Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has recently exchanged MoUs with Tata Trusts and Dell to provide technological platform for nationwide prevention, control, screening and management program of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs).

NCD IT solution platform

NCD IT solution covers program-level data for screening, diagnosis, treatment, referral and follow-up activities of NCDs with aim to connect health workers, doctors and decision-makers in single, integrated platform. It will provide health records for citizens, mobile applications for health workers, web portal for medical officers and dashboards for health officials.

It is aimed at bringing healthcare technology transformation in Comprehensive Primary Health Care NCD program under Ayushman Bharat. Through implementation of this IT platform, it will be possible to track health trends across the country.

It will help to bring quality health services at door step to enable increased productivity for health workers and doctors and to facilitate monitoring of delivery of services by state and district administrators. It is hosted on Government Data Center and managed by Centre for Health Informatics, MoHFW.

NCD screening program

NCD screening program addresses Hypertension, Diabetes, Oral, Breast and Cervical cancers. It covers all men and women over age of 30 years. The program is one of modules in Ayushman Bharat’s Comprehensive Primary Healthcare (CPHC) Initiative, currently being deployed in about 200 districts across the country.