It is a memorable day for representing Siddha to the Apex body for health in the world (WHO)
In the recent past, many milestones have been achieved only because of some organic way of work execution and system are in place in terms of huge development in the technical and technological part.
Ministry of AYUSH has arranged a consultative meeting with WHO professionals from H.Q (Geneva) and SEARO Regional office, New Delhi at AYUSH Bhawan, Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India, New Delhi. Each ASU system has to present their current work on morbidity codes. Dr. S. Natarajan and Dr. M. Kannan represented the Siddha system of Medicine in the WHO-ICD team meeting. With of vision of including AYUSH under International Classification of Disease - ICD 11 - Traditional medicine (TM) chapter, Ministry of AYUSH has initiated a project of creating a nationwide uniform morbidity code for AYUSH. Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani systems of medicines have been asked to create their national morbidity codes.
The NSMC was developed by the CCRS working group and evaluation & guidance provided by the Expert committee formed by the Ministry of AYUSH. Govt. of India. This has two parts – one is Standardized Siddha Terminologies (SST) which was developed and published by the National Institute of Siddha, in May 2014. The other one is the NSMC which was prepared by the CCRS, which all are available in the National AYUSH Morbidity codes and Standardized Electronic Portal (NAMASTE) – www. Namstp.ayush.gov.in.
Siddha team presented the topic entitled “ Current status of Documenting and Coding of SIDDHA diagnostic and intervention related information” with the following points—Indian scenario, Global Scenario, Education and practice, Documentation, Patient safety, Stepwise process of development of Standardized Siddha Terminologies through WHO funded project and published by NIS, Genesis of Morbidity codes available in CCRS (Numeric code, Alpha Numeric code and finally NSMC), Stepwise process of development of National Siddha Morbidity Codes, Ontology Framework of NSMC by the working group of CCRS and Expert committee, Hospital Information Management System, Statistics, Reimbursement/insurance, End-user and Use case scenarios, Strength, Challenges and limitations of the NSMC, Integration of NSMC, Hospital setting – Primary, Secondary and Tertiary level of Hospital with implementation of NSMC. We highlighted that we have a real-time data capturing system with THE Research Application Nexus (THERAN). They insisted on Electronic Data Capturing System to document as a package and it is essential for ICD. (Now THERAN reaches to the national level as A-HMIS for the all the AYUSH systems).
WHO personnel has appreciated the contribution and they have given many suggestions to fill the gaps for further development of NSMC to include in the ICD11-TM. Finally, they said about the level of standardization is overall good and in place. They are really looking forward to onboard activities of National morbidity codes for ASU. In this track Ministry of AYUSH and CCRAS has taken a lot of pain to launch the NAMASTE portal. On November 2017, Honorable PM has launched the NAMASTE. AYUSH morbidity is being collected through this portal. On the pilot basis, CCRS Institute is using this NSMC and uploading to NAMASTE portal. Dr. T. Saketh Ram, RO (Ayu) has contributed to building the entire site and maintenance.
The Expert Committee members:
Dr. V. Banumathi, Director, NIS
Dr. K.Manickavasagam, former Director, NIS
Dr. T. Thirunarayanan, CTMR
Dr. S. K. Sasi, GSMC
Dr. N.J. Muthukumar, Asso.Prof, NIS
Dr. P. Sathiyarajeswaran, Sci-II, Director i/c, SCRI
Dr. M. Kannan, Research officer (S), SCRI
Working Group Members:
Dr. S. Natarajan, Research officer (S), SCRI
Dr. R. Meena, Research officer (S), SCRI,
Dr. V. Aarthi, Research officer (S), SCRI
Dr. G.S. Lekha, Research officer (S), SCRI
Dr. M. Shreedevi, Research officer (S), SCRI
Dr. S. Bhavani, Research officer (S), SCRI
Dr. L. Juliet, Research officer (S), SCRI
Dr. C. Anbarasi, Research officer (S), SCRI
Dr. Thenmozhi, Research officer (S), SCRI
Dr. R. Susila, Research officer (S), SCRI
Dr. K. Samraj, Research officer (S), SCRI
Dr. S. Esaivani, Research officer (S), SCRI
Dr. T. Kavitha, Research officer (S), SCRI
Dr. A. Usha, Research officer (S), SCRI