Ministry of AYUSH has initiated efforts for centralised collection of morbidity statistics pertaining to various systems of medicine under the Ministry viz. Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy. In this regard, the Ministry in association with Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani (A-S-U) research councils have developed Morbidity Codes and Standard Terminologies of Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha systems of medicine. For Homeopathy and Yoga & Naturopathy systems the International Classification of Diseases (ICD- 10/11 Codes) of World Health Organisation has been adopted for this purpose.
In this regard, the Ministry of AYUSH has developed a portal named National AYUSH Morbidity and Standardized Terminologies Portal (NAMSTP). The portal was launched by Shri Narendra Modi, the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India on the occasion of 2nd Ayurveda Day (17th October 2017) at All India Institute of Ayurveda, New Delhi. The portal provides Standardized Terminologies & Morbidity Codes for Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani systems of medicine along with W.H.O ICD-10/11 codes meant for dual coding and morbidity reporting for Yoga, Naturopathy and Homoeopathy Systems. These are meant for unambiguous reporting, electronic data submission through individual institutions and gradually moving towards adopting Electronic Health Records (E.H.R.). The portal is hosted at the following URL: http://namstp.ayush.gov.in.
In this connection, please note that the usage of Morbidity codes and the portal has the potential to revolutionize morbidity statistics data collection and health care delivery reporting pertaining to AYUSH systems and bring to light the contribution of AYUSH systems to the health care delivery system of our country on real time basis and the benefits of sustaining such activity is expected to have positive bearing on future policy making.
For further reference, please visit: https://tinyurl.com/yamt8osa
Dr M.M. Sharma