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The State Government’s much-hyped e-health programme (Jeevan Rekha) aimed at efficient service delivery to the people and providing a centralised database of healthcare information was rolled out on Wednesday.

Launching the programme here, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said e-health was a revolutionary step in the health sector in the state. The government is for bringing in an overall change in the health sector. Diseases like cholera, malaria and filariasis, which were once eradicated are being reported from the state.

“There are also reports of new types of fevers and an increase in lifestyle diseases in the state. The Health Department is keenly watching the developments and steps are being taken to contain them,” he said.

On e-health programme, Vijayan said the new system would help in creating a good hospital management system and patient-friendly atmosphere in hospitals.

Once data of a patient is centralised, it would help the person get continuous treatment at all hospitals in the state, he said.

It is one of the biggest achievements in the health sector and it would be implemented in seven districts in the first phase.

Health Minister K K Shylaja said it is a first-of-its-kind initiative in the country to create electronic health records of a population. The availability of digital data would provide a huge impetus to disease surveillance.

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Quelle/Source: he New Indian Express, 26.01.2017

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