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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.

    Overview of IHS ...

General Information


The Institute of Health Systems (IHS) Hyderabad, established in 1990 is a premier public health research and training institution. The Indian economy allocates about 6% of its GDP to the health sector, which is more than the average for countries with similar GDP levels. Also, India has a very large medical technical manpower base with skills that are comparable to the best in the world. Yet, we manage to live with, rather suffer from, very poor health care delivery systems. Such a scenario has come about mainly because the health services have been viewed as a technological affair. There are a lot of areas in the health care delivery system which cannot be handled with the help of traditional medical technology that our health staff are equipped with. A group of concerned citizens realized that the situation could be improved by building capacity in health systems research and health policy analysis, training people in interdisciplinary skills, developing quality assurance and accreditation systems for health care organizations, and encouraging and trying social experiments to build new institutional mechanisms of health care delivery. It was in this background that the IHS was established in December 1990 by professionals from multiple disciplines, all concerned about improvement of the health systems. The Institute aspires to improve the efficacy, quality, and equity of the Indian health care system.


Hill Fort road entrance of the Institute

The IHS is a member of the National Consortium of Training Institutions in Community Health (NCTICH) organised by National Institute of Health & Family Welfare (NIHFW). The Institute is recognised by the NTR University of Health Sciences, for practical training of MD(SPM) students, and is affiliated  to Andhra Pradesh State Board of Technical Education and Training for conducting course in Health Informatics. The IHS is a member of the HL7 organisation, which is an international professional body for development and use of health informatic standards. The Institute is governed by a system of authorities consisting of an executive committee, a general body and the Board of governors. Programs and activities of the institute are carried out by a team of faculty and staff lead by the Director, who is the chief academic and Executive Officer of the institute. The Institute is equipped with a core group of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary full time Faculty. These include people from various background including Community Health, Nutrition, Health economics, Social Sciences Health Care Management, Environmental Sciences, Biotechnology, Computer applications, etc. The IHS is registered as a charitable scientific institution under section 12A of the Income Tax Act. Contributions to IHS are eligible for exemption under section 80G of the Income Tax Act. The Institute has been granted permanent registration by the Government of India, Ministry of Home affairs under the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act. Starting with the first meeting held in July 1994 annual general body meetings are conducted ever year, around December - January. IHS files its audited accounts with the Income Tax department every year. Annual reports are filed with the registrar of societies and are accessible to public through the registrar of documents. In addition the annual reports, and audited accounts of the Institute are made available, along with other publications of the institute, to interested persons for a small charge. Membership of the institute is open to any person who has consistently evinced interest and demonstrated commitment towards objectives of the institute and to institutions with complementary objectives. IHS mission is to groom skills, gather evidence, and generate knowledge to improve efficacy, quality and equity of health care systems. The Institute has sought to work towards this goal on a self financing basis. There are four areas of activity, namely; (a) research and consultancy, (b) training (c) health  informatics and (d) public services.


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