The setting up of a central authority to check compliance of standards in electronic health record (EHR) is a long awaited and welcome step.
The ministry of health and family welfare is mulling of setting up a central authority or agency to check compliance of standards in electronic health record (EHR) ecosystem after due consultation with various stakeholders across the spectrum, health and family welfare secretary, Mr Lov Verma said at an ASSOCHAM event held in New Delhi on May 04, 2014.
"The ministry intends to set up a mechanism to monitor and evaluate implementation and adherence to EHR standards and guidelines by various healthcare practitioners and vendors, thus we need to have an e-health authority which will be the regulator and will see that EHR standards are adhered to," said Mr Verma while inaugurating an ASSOCHAM national summit on ‘ICT in Healthcare: Changing Dimensions of Healthcare in India.'
The health ministry is also in the process of standardizing codification for health procedures in India and framing metadata and data standards (MDDS) for health sector, informed the secretary.
"MDDS will facilitate interoperability of e-governance applications by providing a common data information model for various stakeholders in the health system, national and state, public and private, to begin sharing meaningful information with each other in a timely manner."
He further informed that a detailed project report (DPR) of a mission mode project (MMP) for application of information and communication technology (ICT) in health sector is being prepared by the National Institute of Smart Governance (NISG) and the same will be submitted shortly.