E-Manas can be implemented across India to streamline mental health care: Karnataka Health Minister

Addressing the 14th Conference of the Central Council for Health and Family Welfare (CCHFW), the supreme advisory body of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) at Kevadia in Gujarat, the Minister of Karnataka Health Dr. K Sudhakar said that Karnataka E-Manas can be implemented across the country to streamline mental health care.

As part of a conference session, ministers of health shared best practices in their respective states. Sudhakar said Karnataka has developed a comprehensive and innovative mental health software platform called E-Manas which was launched in June 2020. of Karnataka and its health department have developed many programs. to fight this. E-Manas is an internet-based national registry of mental health professionals, facilities and patients. It is a single destination for all mental health activities and the data stored is secure. E-Manas is mobile-friendly, easy-to-use software and it could be rolled out across the country to streamline mental health care,” he said.

E-Manas was developed by NIMHANS and International Institute of Information Technology Bengaluru (IIITB).

The conference was dubbed “Svasthya Chintan Shivir”.

Sudhakar told Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya that Karnataka will integrate E-Manas with other currently used platforms including Ayushman Bharat-Arogya Karnataka, Karnataka Private Medical Institution Directories and E-Hospital framework of the NIC (National Computing Center).

Speaking about clinics in Manochaitanya that were opened during the pandemic, Sudhakar said, “When the pandemic started, the government observed fear, apprehension and stigmatization among COVID-19 patients, which even led some patients to commit suicide. With the clinic in Manochaitanya, mental health professionals went house to house counseling patients with COVID-19. In addition to this, 27,000 COVID-19 patients received remote counseling with the help of the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS). Mental health should be given the same importance as physical health.

He said the Karnataka health department was working with NIMHANS to train PHC doctors to deal with mental health issues.

Sudhakar said Karnataka has developed a vision document for health prepared by about 500 professionals from various disciplines to bring a holistic and comprehensive approach to health care. The document is based on the principle of the 5 Is – Intervention, Integration, Implementation, Innovation & Investment.

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