IIITB -Samvaad Talk on Design of e-Manas, the Karnataka Mental Health Management System

IIITB -Samvaad Talk on Design of e-Manas, the Karnataka Mental Health Management System

The Government of Karnataka recently launched e-Manas, a web-based platform for integrating services related to mental health care in the state. This is an initiative of the National Health Mission, Government of Karnataka and NIMHANS, Bangalore, and developed in partnership with the E-Health Research Center, IIITB. This system includes a state-wide registry of mental health establishments and professionals, and basic health records of their patients, and facilitates compliance with the Mental Health Care Act and other legal frameworks. The platform incorporates features such as consent-based access to patient records across clinics, integration with identity systems, standards-based EHR, and has been designed with a focus on usability, privacy, and interoperability. The system leverages an openEHR-based platform developed in collaboration with HealtheLife Ventures LLP, a startup incubated at IIITB.

This talk was held to discuss the motivation for this e-Manas project, the design and development process, key design considerations and features, system architecture, and the approach to standards compliance. 

The Speakers details of this discussion are mentioned below,

Dr. T K Srikanth , Professor,Faulty-In-Charge,Computing at IIIT Bangalore spoke on "Going forward,how we develop patient's consent to share the data will largely depend on how the Personal Data Protection Bill 2019 will roll out" regarding access to patient's record in e-Manas platform.

Divya Raj , Head of Programs, E-Health Research Center, IIIT-Bangalore spoke on "Process of developing a software to record mental health data was also a challenge.Technology adoption in public health space was quite challenging as it should also ensure the health professional enter the data without wasting much of their time,also to cater the diverse ecosystem from big Institution like NIMHANS to District hospitals and Community Health Centres".

Dileep V S the founder of Healthelife Ventures, a digital health startup incubated at the IIITB Innovation Center on the system leverages an openEHR-based platform.

IIIT-B team worked with NIMHANS to develop  state repository e-Manas lists challenges and better policies related to mental health.

Kindly refer The Economic Times newspaper article below for more details,