After much planning and dithering, the government’s idea to digitise everyone’s health data has finally taken off. It took two years and seven revisions to put its stamp on the design of the Integrated Health Information Platform (IHIP). And in the last week of December, the health ministry finally decided who will build it.
It wasn’t spoilt for choices. There were just three contenders, from which the ministry picked a consortium of two services companies—Pune-based Persistent Systems, and IMS Health, headquartered in Connecticut, US. This, over Delhi’s Vayam Technologies and Minnesota-headquartered healthcare company UnitedHealth Group.