Union Health Minister launched National Health Innovations portal
“Superior outcomes in health care in India will be better achieved with innovations in health practices and products, and I urge states to give priority to innovations and best practices” stated Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, while inaugurating the National Summit on Best Practices and Innovations in Healthcare in India.
The three-day National Summit is being organized by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare with support from the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Himachal Pradesh.
At the National Summit, the Health Minister launched the National Health Innovations Portal which will be a repository of all innovations contributed by the states. The Health Minister also launched a voice-based web portal for 24*7 toll-free health services. The NHP Voice Web is a 24X7 toll free helpline (1800-180-1104) wherein the caller can get authentic health on various topics ranging from handy health tips, disease based information, Government health policies and programs, health facilities around you, career options for students and other health related information.
This advanced system is capable of recognizing user voice input and currently the information is available in five languages namely English, Hindi, Tamil, Bangla and Gujarati, more Indian languages would be covered. The intent of using telephone technology as a medium to disseminate information is to reach out to masses in remote locations, where there is no internet access thus overcoming the barrier of illiteracy.