Kerala State launches its eHealth project
An ambitious eHealth project has started in India. It offers an investment model that could fit Africa’s health systems. Kerala State Government has launched its project, supported by the World Bank. Its goals are:
- EHRs for its population
- End-to-end automation of all government healthcare organisations
- Integration of an electronic demographic database.
In its report on the initiative, The Hindu says it builds on a pilot in twelve locations in Thiruvananthapuram district. The new project scales it up across the State and will link with all Health Management Information Systems (HMIS). There are two main components, a public health module and a hospital automation module. The public health module will be launched across the State immediately. The latter is planned for scale up in seven districts in three months as Phase 1.
The seven locations are Thiruvantheapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha, Idukki, Ernakulam, Kararagod and Malapuram. Eventually, all health organisations will connect to the State Data Centre using the Kerala State Wide Area Network. Institutional networks will rely on services from Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), the Indian state telecommunications company based in New Delhi.
The consortium’s led by Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Hardware’s procured by Keltron, India's first and largest electronics corporation in the State sector. Kelara State IT Mission has the role of technical support.
Not all Africa’s health systems can start as such large-scale eHealth projects. For these, Kerala’s initiative provides a clear profile of an eHealth future that Africa’s health systems can move towards.