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BSNL, Dimension Data chosen to build India’s National Health Portal

Ike Suarez | Dec. 20, 2013
As Indian government harnesses the Web to promote health literacy nationwide

The Indian government is building the country's national health portal and has chosen Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) along with Dimension Data to provide the hosting services, the latter said in a statement.

Dimension Data sources said the portal will have a Public Computer as a Service (PCaaS) architecture, leveraging from the very start the capabilities of the cloud computing platform.

The New Delhi-based BSNL is among India's largest telecoms companies. Dimension Data is part of the Japanese Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation group and is a global provider of IT services and solutions.

Dimension Data has teamed up with BSNL to put up dedicated Internet data centres whose  architectures are based on the Dimension  Data managed cloud platform (MCP).

Funding for the portal will come from India's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Developing the portal is that ministry's Center of Health Informatics, National Institute of Health and Family Welfare.

The portal's mission will be to promote health literacy in that vast and populous country.

As such, it will serve as single point-of-access to public health informatics, including conceptualisation, design, development, deployment, refinement, maintenance and evaluation of information systems relevant to public health.

Use of mobile apps will be included in the architecture and will be device-agnostic.

Use of social media such as Facebook and Twitter will form part of the information communications effort.



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