The soft-launch of the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) segment of Integrated Health Information Platform (IHIP) in 7 states was done by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on 26-11-2018. The path-breaking initiative will provide near-real-time data to policy makers for detecting outbreaks, reducing the morbidity and mortality and lessening disease burden in the populations and better health systems. The first one-of-its-kind initiative by the Government of India, IHIP uses the latest technologies and digital health initiatives. The success of this platform will depend primarily on the quality of data shared by the states. Data is power and power is to help people. The state secretaries should be earnest in adopting this platform to strengthen early outbreak detection and informed public health response, and for effective implementation of the platform, 32,000 people at the block level, 13,000 at the district level and 900 at the state level have been trained.
The IHIP vision and a ready-reckoner developed to navigate the platform was also launched. WHO is supporting this initiative in collaboration with numerous government stakeholders.