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After Going Fully Digital, Now Rajasthan Medical Dept to Use its App to Monitor Seasonal Diseases

Written by : Nikita Saha

May 13, 2024

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This new approach will facilitate real-time tracking of seasonal diseases throughout the state, allowing for quick action in terms of prevention and control.

In its mission to achieve digital health transformation, the Rajasthan Medical Department is going to use its indigenous app to track seasonal diseases, the Ministry said recently. Further, the app is able to record data related to diseases such as dengue, malaria, and chikungunya.

The Ministry officials further noted that this app will allow real-time monitoring along with identifying disease hotspots and predicting potential outbreaks.

According to the department, this move will help in the effective deployment of resources and implementation of preventative measures.

How the App Will Be Utilized?

Additional chief secretary of the Medical and Health Department, Shubhra Singh, stated that the department will now monitor seasonal diseases online via the app.

"The main objective of the app is to reduce the cases of malaria, dengue, and chikungunya," she stated.

The app will be used to capture and share images of mosquito breeding sites and locations where larvae are detected. These images will be forwarded to the local self-government department or the Panchayati Raj Department.

According to Singh, this new approach will facilitate real-time tracking of seasonal diseases throughout the state, allowing for quick action in terms of prevention and control.

Reportedly, the intensity of mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue, and chikungunya usually remains from the beginning of the rainy season in July-August to October-November.

However, the spread of seasonal diseases skyrocketed in recent years owing to various reasons including weather changes and lifestyle.

"Through the app, photographs of mosquito breeding sites and places where larvae are found will be taken and sent to the local self-government department or the Panchayati Raj Department... The concerned departments will carry out anti-larva and anti-mosquito activities at those places," Singh added.

According to data from the Directorate of National Vector Borne Diseases Control Programme, from 2016 to 2020 in India, there were 23,983 cases of Malaria, 6,792 cases of Dengue, and 7,570 cases of Chikungunya.

In the year 2020, India was responsible for 1.2% of the total global deaths from malaria. The same year, the fatality rate for dengue in India was 0.064.

Fast forward to 2021, the country recorded 346 fatalities due to dengue. In the subsequent year, 2022, malaria claimed 50 lives in India.

Days back, Rajasthan announced its medical delivery system by transitioning to a fully online health management system.

The initiative, dubbed as "Integrated Health Management System 2.0," aims to bolster health services across the state, signaling a crucial step towards accessible healthcare for all residents.

Addressing the initiative, the additional chief secretary of the Medical and Health Department, Shubhra Singh, described it as an ambitious and visionary project designed to provide easy access to health services for the common people.

Singh emphasized the transformative potential of the Integrated Health Management System 2.0 in bringing positive revolutionary changes to the state's medical landscape.


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The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving senior digital health leaders. CHIME includes more than 5,000 members in 56 countries and two US territories and partners with over 150 healthcare IT businesses and professional services firms. CHIME enables its members and business partners to collaborate, exchange ideas, develop professionally and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and care throughout the communities they serve. CHIME's members are chief information officers (CIOs), chief medical information officers (CMIOs), chief nursing information officers (CNIOs), chief innovation officers (CIOs), chief digital officers (CDOs), and other senior healthcare leaders. The CHIME India Chapter became the first international chapter outside North America in 2016 and is now a community of over 70+ members in India. For more information, please visit www.chimecentral.org

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