National eHealth Authority (NeHA)

NeHA was proposed to be set up in 2015 as a promotional, regulatory and standards-setting organization in Health Sector with the following vision, goal, and objectives:

Vision: Attainment of high quality of health services for all Indians through the cost-effective and secure use of information and communication technologies in health and health-related fields.

Goal : To ensure development and promotion of eHealth ecosystem in India for enabling, the organization, management and provision of effective people-centred health services to all in an efficient, cost-effective and transparent manner.

Objectives

  • To formulate “National eHealth Policy and Strategy” for coordinated eHealth adoption in the country
  • To oversee orderly evolution of eHealth initiatives (state and nationwide) and to guide adoption of eHealth at various levels and in different geographical and health system areas
  • To promote setting up of state health records repositories and health information exchanges (HIEs) to facilitate interoperability
  • To formulate and manage all health informatics standards for India
  • To lay down data management, privacy and security policies, guidelines and health records of patients in accordance with statutory provisions
  • To enforce the laws and regulations relating to the privacy, confidentiality, and security of the patient's health information and records
  • To coordinate efforts across departments and ministries, and liaise with other related policy/regulatory groups to ensure consistency and coherence
  • To help enable ecosystem that involves stakeholders to improve care delivery and health outcomes
  • To map continuous evolution of the eHealth landscape and take on new functions as needed

Functions envisaged

  1.  Policy and Promotion
  • To work out vision, strategy and adoption time plans, with timeframes, priorities, and road-map in respect of eHealth adoption by all stakeholders, both public and private providers, large scale hospitals and stand-alone clinics
  •  To formulate policies for eHealth adoption that are best suited to Indian context and enable accelerated health outcomes in terms of access, affordability, quality and reduction in disease mortality and morbidity
  •  To engage with stakeholders through various means so that eHealth plans ae adopted and other policy, regulatory and legal provisions are implemented by both the public and private stakeholders
  •  To provide thought leadership, in the areas of eHealth
  •  To effectively promote adoption of eHealth in the country, NeHA would have the mandate to set up an agency to provide oversight, handholding, capacity building, etc. 

         2. Standards Development, release, and maintenance

  •  NeHA will oversee and actively work with all relevant stakeholders including SDOs for formulation and adoption of health informatics standards
  •  NeHA will act as a focal agency for participation or engagement with global SDOs in eHealth such as IHTSDO. It will undertake all activities leading to adoption and release of suitable standards and Indian profiles

         3. Legal Aspects including Regulation

  •  NeHA will act as an enforcement agency with suitable mandate and powers
  •  NeHA will be responsible for enforcement of standards and ensuring security, confidentiality, and privacy of patient’s health information and records

         4. Setting up Electronic Health Exchanges for interoperability

  • NeHA will prepare technical and policy documents relating to architecture, standards, policies, and guidelines for eHealth record repositories and HIEs
  • NeHA may also initiate Proof of Concept (PoCs), in close consultation with government - centre and states, industry, implementers and users
  • NeHA would lay down operational guidelines and protocols, policies for sharing and exchange of data, audit guidelines and the like; these shall be guided by experience in operation and use of PoC, global best practices and consultations with stakeholders (MoHFW, State governments and other public and private providers, academia, R&D labs, and others)

         5. Capacity Building

  •  NeHA would co-work with academic institutions to spread awareness on Health Informatics and eHealth to health care delivery professionals. NeHA would provide inputs, in terms of areas of need / requirement of different courses according to the background of the learners, to academic institutions

         6. Certification Framework

  •    NeHA will collaborate and work with STQC, Department of Electronics and IT (DeitY) in creating a certification model for certification of HER products, STQC is envisaged to function as the certification body

         7. Other Functions

  • Incidental to the discharge of it’s functions or as assigned to NeHA by the government or parliament or as the situation warrants

 

 

  • PUBLISHED DATE : May 29, 2017
  • PUBLISHED BY : NHP Admin
  • CREATED / VALIDATED BY : NHP Admin
  • LAST UPDATED ON : Jun 15, 2017

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