Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, J.P. Nadda said that the outcomes in health care sector in India would be better achieved with innovations in health practices and products.
Nadda inaugurated a three-day National Summit on Best Practices and Innovations in Healthcare in India. Senior officers from the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare including C.K. Mishra, AS and MD, Manoj Jhalani, JS (P), Rakesh Kumar, JS (RCH, IEC) along with representatives from the states, technical and donor partners of the Ministry participated in the National Summit.
Nadda launched a voice-based web portal for 24/7 toll-free health services and the National Health Innovations Portal (NHP), which will be a repository of all innovations contributed by the states.
The NHP Voice Web is a 24/7 toll free help line (1800-180-1104) wherein the caller can get authentic health information on various topics ranging from handy health tips, disease based information, Government health policies and programs.
Currently the information is available in five languages namely English, Hindi, Tamil, Bengali and Gujarati, and this advanced system is capable of recognizing user voice input.
The intention of using telephone technology as a medium to circulate information is to reach out to masses in remote locations, where there is no internet access and to overcome the barrier of illiteracy.
Nadda stated that the summit is an effort to systematically identify innovations, which can have a high impact to address morbidity and mortality.