Recently, the Union Health Ministry has launched the National Health Resource Repository (NHRR), the first ever registry in the country registry of authentic, standardised and updated geo-spatial data of all public and private healthcare. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is the project technology partner for providing data security.
At present, though The Central Bureau of Health Intelligence (CBHI) extensively collects data from various States and UTs, Disease Control Programmes, and other organizations/agencies, still deficiencies such as non-reporting, under-reporting and delays in transmission of public health data continue to exist.
Further, unavailability of private sector health resources data including service and manpower availability, health infrastructure, equipments, and other important data points continues to be a challenge. As a result, public health resources planning and decision making misses important dimension of leveraging private sector health infrastructure in service delivery.
It will now be possible to provide comprehensive data on all private and public health establishments and other resources. More than 20 lakh healthcare establishments such as hospitals, doctors, clinics, diagnostic labs, pharmacies and nursing homes would be enumerated under this census, which will capture data on more than 1,400 variables.
Dr Prakash Marathe, past president of IMA Pune, said, “Data will be an important source of navigation. It will help in understanding the goals, our strengths and weaknesses and it will also be an important means to strategise. Good compiled data enables the policymakers to make evidence-based policies and aids effective implementation of various schemes.”
The mandate of the NHRR is to achieve the following objectives:
- Promote evidence based planning and decision making in healthcare sector through provision of comprehensive data on healthcare resources (both public and private sector) in the country.
- Provide visibility of private sector healthcare resources to facilitate public private partnership initiatives for improve access and availability of health services.
- Provide technology based solutions to improve efficiency of health systems by improving planning, provisioning of healthcare resources.
- Improve informed decision making and community awareness by allowing access to holistic information on healthcare resources.
- Promote meaningful use of data collection and exchange services for better healthcare management by providing a common platform for sharing information.
- Promote convergence between similar programmes by providing interoperability.
- Enhance effectiveness of programme planning and implementation at centre, state and district level by providing updated healthcare resource status.
- Provide a platform for managing emergencies effectively by providing information on all the healthcare resources (public & private) in the designated geography.
- Furnish standardised data, distribution of resources and trends on the global platform, using regularly updated health status indicators.