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Blog Entry Comments to National Digital Health Mission: Health Data Management Policy
by Shweta Mohandas, Pallavi Bedi, Shweta Reddy, and Saumyaa Naidu published Oct 05, 2020 — filed under: , , ,
CIS has submitted comments to the National Health Data Management Policy. We welcome the opportunity provided to our comments on the Policy and we hope that the final Policy will consider the interests of all the stakeholders to ensure that it protects the privacy of the individual while encouraging a digital health ecosystem.
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Blog Entry Is India's Digital Health System Foolproof?
by Aayush Rathi published Dec 30, 2019 — filed under: , , , , , ,
This contribution by Aayush Rathi builds on "Data Infrastructures and Inequities: Why Does Reproductive Health Surveillance in India Need Our Urgent Attention?" (by Aayush Rathi and Ambika Tandon, EPW Engage, Vol. 54, Issue No. 6, 09 Feb, 2019) and seeks to understand the role that state-run reproductive health portals such as the Mother and Child Tracking System (MCTS) and the Reproductive and Child Health will play going forward. The article critically outlines the overall digitised health information ecosystem being envisioned by the Indian state.
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Blog Entry The Mother and Child Tracking System - understanding data trail in the Indian healthcare systems
by Ambika Tandon published Oct 18, 2019 last modified Dec 30, 2019 05:18 PM — filed under: , , , , , , , ,
Reproductive health programmes in India have been digitising extensive data about pregnant women for over a decade, as part of multiple health information systems. These can be seen as precursors to current conceptions of big data systems within health informatics. In this article, published by Privacy International, Ambika Tandon presents some findings from a recently concluded case study of the MCTS as an example of public data-driven initiatives in reproductive health in India.
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Blog Entry Big Data and Reproductive Health in India: A Case Study of the Mother and Child Tracking System
by Ambika Tandon published Oct 17, 2019 last modified Dec 06, 2019 04:57 AM — filed under: , , , , , , , , ,
In this case study undertaken as part of the Big Data for Development (BD4D) network, Ambika Tandon evaluates the Mother and Child Tracking System (MCTS) as data-driven initiative in reproductive health at the national level in India. The study also assesses the potential of MCTS to contribute towards the big data landscape on reproductive health in the country, as the Indian state’s imagination of health informatics moves towards big data.
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Blog Entry Data Infrastructures and Inequities: Why Does Reproductive Health Surveillance in India Need Our Urgent Attention?
by Aayush Rathi and Ambika Tandon published Feb 14, 2019 last modified Dec 30, 2019 04:44 PM — filed under: , , , , , , , , ,
In order to bring out certain conceptual and procedural problems with health monitoring in the Indian context, this article by Aayush Rathi and Ambika Tandon posits health monitoring as surveillance and not merely as a “data problem.” Casting a critical feminist lens, the historicity of surveillance practices unveils the gendered power differentials wedded into taken-for-granted “benign” monitoring processes. The unpacking of the Mother and Child Tracking System and the National Health Stack reveals the neo-liberal aspirations of the Indian state.
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Blog Entry National Health Stack: Data For Data’s Sake, A Manmade Health Hazard
by Murali Neelakantan, Swaraj Barooah, Swagam Dasgupta and Torsha Sarkar published Aug 17, 2018 last modified Sep 16, 2018 05:01 AM — filed under: , , ,
On Oct. 5, 2017, an HIV positive woman was denied admission in Hyderabad’s Osmania General Hospital even though she was entitled to free treatment under India’s National AIDS Control Organisation programme. Another incident around the same time witnessed a 24-year-old pregnant woman at Tikamgarh district hospital in Madhya Pradesh being denied treatment by hospital doctors once she tested positive for HIV. The patient reportedly delivered the twins outside the maternity ward after she was turned away by the hospital, but her newborn twin girls died soon after.
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Blog Entry Comments on the Draft Digital Information Security in Healthcare Act
by Amber Sinha and Shweta Mohandas published Apr 22, 2018 last modified May 01, 2018 02:05 AM — filed under: ,
The Centre for Internet & Society submitted comments to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India on the draft Digital Information Security in Healthcare Act on April 21, 2018.
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Roundtable on Artificial Intelligence & Healthcare
by Admin published Nov 24, 2017 last modified Jan 02, 2018 01:49 PM — filed under: , ,
Centre for Internet & Society (CIS) is organizing a roundtable on artificial intelligence (AI) and healthcare at 'The Energy and Resources Institute' (TERI) in Bengaluru on November 30, 2017 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The roundtable seeks to discuss the various issues and challenges surrounding the implementation of AI and related technologies in the Indian healthcare sector.
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