Integrated Disease Surveillance Project funded by the World Bank is being implemented since November 2004 with the objective of strengthening surveillance system with various Communicable Diseases and Risk Factor of Non-Communicable Diseases. One of the important component of the Project is to use Information Technology and Communication Technology in data management, analysis and rapid response in case of impending outbreaks. To strengthen transmission of data, the Ministry of Health & FW and Indian Space Research organization (ISRO) have agreed to cooperate in providing satellite linkage for various activities under World Bank funded Integrated Disease Surveillance Project. ISRO would provide adequate bandwidth on one of its satellite, EDUSAT for this Project. This satellite has 5 regional beams and one national beam covering the entire country.
This linkage would be available for the following activities.
- Data Transmission for Integrated Disease Surveillance
- Distance Training Programmes for various National Health Programmes
- Tele-conferencing to review various schemes with the States
- Networking: A nation-wide information highway for the Health Sector
- Multi-media channel of communication and feedback
The network established under EDUSAT Project would be to connect Central Surveillance Unit located at NICD, Delhi with a sub-hub in Nirman Bhawan, the Head Quarter of Dte.GHS and Ministry of Health. There will be 800 Satellite Interactive Terminals throughout the country covering all states and districts surveillance teams:-
- All States & District Surveillance Units
- National & State level Medical and Health Institutions
- Reference Public Health Laboratories
- Medical Colleges