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Health ministry launches GIS-enabled scheme

India: The Central govt this week launched two individual schemes under the Digital India program,that are GIS-enabled Health Management Information System (HMIS) and Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS).

The GIS-enabled HMIS scheme will provide a comprehensive data of 1.6 lakh government health facilities on a GIS platform. In a statement made by the Health Ministry, it was said the HMIS application has scope of incorporating map layers of roads and water bodies which will provide comprehensive information regarding health facilities and areas that are vulnerable to diseases.

At present, the application is available in login domain of HMIS portal. It is planned to put it in public domain in the near future. "The mapping provides data only on public health facilities presently, which shall soon be expanded to cover private facilities as well," said JP Nadda, Union Health Minister.

He added that, "the initiative will not only monitor the performance and quality of the health services being provided under the NHM (National Health Mission) but will also provide effective healthcare to the rural population throughout the country," Nadda said.

As far as the CGHS scheme is concerned, Nadda said the self-printing e-CGHS card facility will provide "ease and access" to all those beneficiaries such as pensioners who may find it difficult to go to CGHS centres for renewal in case they lose or misplace the card.

"As this can be printed from any location once the process of application based on authentic documents has been approved, this enables easy reprinting by the beneficiary himself or herself. The beneficiary can access this facility by visiting the CGHS portal at www.cghs.nic.in where simple steps for this have been enumerated," Nadda said.

Source: PTI