The National Health Portal of India is Up and Running.
Starting 15th November (Today) it is online and ready for beta testing. Congratulations Dr. Supten and Team !!
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India has set up the National Health Portal in pursuance to the decisions of the National Knowledge Commission, to provide healthcare related information to the citizens of India and to serve as a single point of access for consolidated health information. The National Institute of Health and Family Welfare (NIHFW) has established Centre for Health Informatics to be the secretariat for managing the activities of the National Health Portal. Its stated goal is to be the Gateway to authentic health information for all.
The National Health Portal aims to make this as a single point access for authenticated health information for citizens, students, healthcare professionals and researchers. (In India)
It’s on nhp.org.in
A brave start to a brave new future for healthcare in India. The NHP can surely be a guiding face for the evolution of health informatics in India. With its vision of multi-lingual medical communication capabilities and data gathering functions, It is a challenging task, to say the least. You can log On to nhp.org.in/user/register to register as an Individual or as a healthcare professional.
There are numerous links displayed via a well designed menu. The portal has taken into consideration the mHealth wave and provides a number of mHealth tools for professionals., e.g.: FormHub which is a simple way to collect data, also used by some American universities. Products like resource maps are good finds for any healthcare professional. It boasts of a number of interactive tutorials for everybody, in collaboration with MIT and UNICEF.
There are Professional eLearning and professional enhancement courses for healthcare professionals – Online Training Orientation Programme .
The signup process is simple but takes some time to complete. The Directory services are still rudimentary. The NHP needs to organize a drive to let hospitals and clinics sign up as service providers, and let them thus mark themselves on Google Maps which the NHP can use further. We couldn’t see any easy way for service providers to sign up for the directory.
Another thing we noticed was the cleanliness of the URL. A cleaner and more descriptive URL will let NHP pages rank higher on Google and other search engines, increasing its chances of being utilized.
All in all, A task well done with lots more on the anvil.