India’s National Health Portal benefits from cloud

08-Jan-2014 Intellasia | Futuregov | 6:00 AM Print This Post

India is leveraging cloud to host its recently launched National Health Portal (NHP) using Public Compute-as-a-Service.

Disseminating healthcare information in consumable formats can significantly contribute to handling the country’s disease burden.

Developed by the Centre of Health Informatics, National Institute of Health and Family Welfare, NHP is to serve as a single point of access to public health informatics, including conceptualisation, design, development, deployment, maintenance and evaluation of information systems relevant to public health.

Right from the start, the Portal was conceptualised with the intent to leverage cloud computing. With cloud, NHP benefits from data sovereignty, high uptime, elasticity and self-service management.

The cloud services are provided by BSNL, India’s largest telecommunications company, and Dimension Data.

“Inadequate or poor health information can increase the risk of hospitalisation or even disease burden. Therefore, availability of reliable, high quality health information is important for the promotion of health among the population,” explained Professor Suptendra Nath Sarbhadhikari, Project director at centre for Health Informatics.


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