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AIIMS Launches Quality Improvement Project with Department of Health and Family Welfare Punjab, National Health Mission, and other Key Public Health Partners to Tackle Hypertension and Diabetes in the Community

Punjab Tribune Bureau | January 17, 2020 09:09 PM

Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar Becomes First District Of Country To Have The Project I-TREC

 Nawanshahr: The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) today launched ‘I-TREC’- a platform for Integrated Tracking, Referral, Electronic Decision Support and Care Coordination with Government health facilities. With the launching of this project at District Hospital Nawanshahar, district Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar has become the first district of Country to have such a project on IT based platform.

Head of Department Of Endocrionology, AIIMs, Dr. Nikhil Tandon said that I-TREC built on over a decade of experience generated from randomized controlled trials and other research projects to develop a package to improve hypertension and diabetes care using information technology and enhanced training for non-physician health care workers. The primary partners for this AIIMS-led project include the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Punjab; Centre for Chronic Disease Control (CCDC), New Delhi; Emory University, USA; TATA Trusts (implementing partner); and Dell Technologies (information technology partner).

Kumar Rahul, IAS, Mission Director National Health Mission Punjab said that I-TREC is an information-technology enabled platform that combines evidence-based decision support with the Government of India’s electronic case record form to improve care for hypertension and diabetes within the public healthcare system. The clinical decision support provides advisories for guideline-based treatment and referral thresholds to send patients to the most appropriate level of care to manage their needs and management. The electronic case record form ensures that necessary patient information will be available seamlessly up and down the healthcare hierarchy. The platform is aligned with the government of India’s National Health Mission and its NCD portal targeting high priority chronic disease as outlined by the National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke (NPCDCS).

The project is being launched for Mukandpur health block, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar as Punjab has among the highest proportion of adults with hypertension and/or diabetes in the country. Project implementation is being supported directly by the local health system, while the evaluation of the process is being supported by the National Institutes of Health, USA. There is much hope that lessons learned here can be used to scale up effective strategies to control hypertension and diabetes across India’s large and aging population, as well as inform resource-efficient approaches that can be applied across the world.

AIIMS Doctor Tandon said that Hypertension and diabetes affects 275 million Indians. These conditions disproportionately affect the economically disadvantaged with respect to death and health expenditures. Therefore, addressing hypertension and diabetes not only improves health, but may also alleviate the financial toll of these conditions on the most poor households.

Prominent amongst the attendants included Dr. GB Singh State Programme Officer NPCDCH Punjab, Dr. Shiwani Patel Associate Professor Empory University Atlanta (USA), Dr. Sailesh Mohan Professor AIIMS (CCDC), Dr. Aman Singh from TATA Trust Delhi, Ramdass (Dell Technologies), Dr. Dev Jindal AIIMS (CCDC) and Dr. Hans Priya from AIIMS, Civil Surgeon Nawanshahr Dr. R P Bhatia.

The team also visited District Hospital Nawanshahr, CHC Mukandpur, PHC Khan Khana, PHC Kamaam and PHC Aur.

 

 

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