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IHS Mission & Goals:
Groom Skills,
Gather Evidence and
Generate Knowledge for people's health.

To Improve the Efficacy,
Quality & Equity
of Health Systems.


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Health Informatics

The Institute has been making concerted efforts to build the health informatics infrastructure (HII) in India. Major HII activities of the Institute are (a) human resource development for health informatics, (b) health informatic standards, and (c) health care identification systems.

To build skilled manpower for health informatics, IHS runs three different kinds of training programs such as system administration, health care software development and personal computing skills for health care professionals. The certificate course on Health Intranet System Administration (CHISA) covers personal computer hardware, networking essentials, network operating system, introduction to health care institutions, problem solving skills, and personality development. The certificate course in health care software development (HCSD) is designed to develop domain knowledge in health care field among computer software engineers. Participants in the course learn about health informatic standards like the Health Level Seven (HL7), general functioning of health care institutions from the information system perspective and various types of health informatic solutions. The Institute incorporates a personal computing component in all its training programmes and takes up fully dedicated training courses in use of personal computers by health care professionals.

IHS has recently adopted a regulation for setting up a health care identifier (HCId) system, which will be an useful infrastructure for electronic transfer of information between health care and related institutions. The Institute also develops soft ware to meet needs of health system research.

Health informatics - Computer laboratory

 Following is a brief overview of some of the software products being developed at the Institute.

1. BDAP (Burden of Disease Application Project): It is developed to allow epidemiologists and demographers to estimate disease burden for a given population. The application was commissioned by the World Health Organization.

2. PRISM (Processing Research Information System for Mortality data): It allows for entry of cause of death reports and provides services for review of individual reports by trained personnel, tabulation of data and generation of statistical reports.

3. HiMan-2000 (Health Information Manager - 2000): it is an application to log hospital statistics, admission and discharge data and send them across a wide area network, using HL 7 compliant messaging format.

4. HiMan Central (Health Information Manager - Central): It is the central server application that receives periodical reports from individual hospitals and allows for generation of management information system at the head office.


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