Professors Amit Prakash and T.K. Srikanth were invited to conduct 2 sessions at the State-level Workshop on Mental Health Programme in Karnataka during 27th-28th January 2017 at NIMHANS, Bengaluru. The workshop was organized by the Centre for Public Health (CPH) at NIMHANS in collaboration with the National Health Mission (NHM), Govt. of Karnataka for the programme officers and the psychiatrists who work under the District Mental Health Programme (DMHP).
On 27th January, they conducted an introductory session on DMHP Monitoring along with Dr. Girish from CPH. A questionnaire was distributed to the participants to glean what they understood about monitoring – aims and objectives, its relevance, the indicators that need to be monitored etc. Prof. T. K. Srikanth talked about the importance of using IT tools to improve healthcare delivery and for better monitoring of health programmes. These IT tools are aimed at enabling the different stakeholders in the system like Doctors/Medical Officers, Health department officials, Programme managers and Researchers. Prof. Amit Prakash emphasized the importance of setting up meaningful monitoring requirements. The stakeholders should see value in the usage of IT and in the data generated through the various IT tools beyond mere compliance to orders.
An interactive session was conducted for the DMHP psychiatrists on 28th January to understand their concerns and queries with regard to implementing IT in their workflow. This session threw light on important issues like control and ownership of patient health records, privacy and confidentiality, security, ethical and medico-legal implications etc.