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NITI Aayog Launches Report on Best Practices in the Performance of District HospitalsOn September 30, 2021, the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog),  the Government of India’s national policy think tank, released a performance assessment report of district hospitals in India titled ‘Best Practices in the Performance of District Hospitals’.

  • NITI Aayog conducted the study in consultation with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and WHO (World Health Organisation) India.
  • This report is the 1st-ever performance assessment of district hospitals undertaken across India.
  • The National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH), a constituent board of the Quality Council of India conducted the validation of data.
  • The Health Management Information System (HMIS) data for the year 2017–18 has been used as a baseline for the assessment.
  • The assessment framework covers 10 Key Performance Indicators across the domains of Structure and Output.

Key Points of the Assessment:

i.Currently, there are more than 800 district hospitals across the country, in which a total of 707 district hospitals from 36 States and Union Territories were assessed in 2018–19.

ii.The framework classified hospitals into 3 categories: Small Hospitals (less than or equal to 200 beds), Mid-sized Hospitals (between 201–300 beds) and Large Hospitals (more than 300 beds).

iii.The assessment report documents some of the best practices of the top-performing district hospitals in each of the hospital categories.

iv.Around 75 district hospitals across 24 States and Union Territories emerged as top performers based on the assessment of health indicators such as beds, doctors, nurses, diagnostic and health care facilities, bed occupancy, etc. Click here to know more about the report.

v.The report states that, district hospital in India has on an average 24 beds per 1 lakh population, with Bihar having the lowest average of six beds and Puducherry the highest of 222.

Based on Beds/ District:

Top 3 States/UT:

1.Puducherry (222),

2.A & N Islands (200),

3.Ladakh (150).

Bottom 3 States/UT:

1.Bihar (6),

2.Jharkhand (9),

3.Telangana (10).

NITI Aayog ties up with AWS, Intel to Boost Innovation

NITI Aayog tie-up with Intel and Amazon Web Services (AWS) to establish a new experience studio at the NITI Aayog Frontier Technologies Cloud Innovation Center (CIC).

  • The studio will act as a hub for collaboration and experimentation with a focus on agriculture, health care, and smart infrastructure.

Key Points:

i.The studio will showcase the potential of technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), Internet of Things (IoT), augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/ VR), blockchain, and robotics to accelerate their application in public sector use cases.

ii.Homegrown industry leaders such as MapMyIndia in geospatial solutions, Raphe mPhibr Pvt. Ltd. in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and the Centre for Advanced Research in Imaging, Neuroscience and Genomics (CARING), which delivers AI in healthcare and global leaders like Dassault Systemes are demonstrating their solutions at the studio.

iii.NITI Aayog encourages start-ups to take part in the studio in collaboration with the Atal Incubation Centres and the Atal Innovation Mission.

iv.NITI Aayog Frontier Technologies CIC was established in October 2020 as part of the AWS Cloud Innovation Centers Global Program.

v.The NITI Aayog has set up a portal CovAid for tracking all aid coming via missions or by individual organisations.

Recent Related News:

On September 16, 2021, a report titled ‘Reforms in Urban Planning Capacity in India’ was released by NITI Aayog’s Vice Chairman Dr Rajiv Kumar, CEO (Chief Executive Officer) Amitabh Kant and Special Secretary Dr K. Rajeswara Rao.

About National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog):

Establishment – 2015
Headquarters – New Delhi, Delhi
Chairman – Prime Minister of India (Currently- Narendra Damodardas Modi)