In a white paper published by The National Institution for Transforming India or NITI Aayog on Vision 2035, the think tank of the government of India
In a white paper published by The National Institution for Transforming India or NITI Aayog on Vision 2035, the think tank of the government of India talked about its aim to increase the role of the private companies in the health surveillance system of India. The paper stated that the government body plans to set up a surveillance information platform to strengthen the public healthcare system of India. The report which was prepared by NITI Aayog in collaboration with the University of Manitoba in Canada carrying the title ‘Vision 2035: Public Health Surveillance in India: A White Paper’, clearly stated in a precise language that the public health surveillance system of India is going to be a predictive, responsive, integrated and tiered system of disease and health surveillance. The report highly stressed on the importance of enhancing the engagement and participation of the private sector in the surveillance of public health. The report read that it was possible to involve the private sector through a collaborative framework that would be mutually beneficial for both parties. It further stated that the funding of such institutions to ensure consistency in the quality improvement would be a task of uttermost importance. This announcement of stating its intention to engage the private sector in the public health surveillance system on a close front comes amid feeble participation from these companies in disease surveillance in the current scenario. NITI Aayog also said that the public health surveillance system of India is going to be based on individual Electronic Health Records (EHR) that will capture and amalgamate the information related to the healthcare of an individual through the use of Unique Health Identifier (UHID). This information can be accessed during ones’ clinical, laboratory, or pharmacy visits and even for vertical disease control programs.
While the think tank of the government seems to be quite optimistic with its intention to involve the private sector in the public health surveillance system, it has also noted down a set of questions that are needed to be answered before making any move.
It is vital for the Amitabh Kant led think tank to come up with the answers to these questions before moving further with its proposal.
The way pandemic caused by the rampant spread of the Novel Coronavirus and the way the healthcare system of India was brought to its knees within the first few months of the pandemic automatically says a lot about the current situation of the present healthcare system of India.
The private sector that was mentioned in the newly released report by NITI Aayog includes unregistered practitioners, standalone clinics, pharmacies and laboratories, smaller nursing homes, medium to large hospitals, medical colleges, corporate institutions, and apex institutions. It additionally includes the entire segment of Nonprofit institutions that many different mission hospitals and trusts run.