Ms. Vidya Sanap will present her APS as per the details below:
Date: September 22, 2023
Time: 1230 - 1400 hrs.
Venue: CTARA Conference Room No.1
Guide: Prof. Satish Agnihotri
Co-guide: Prof. Sundeep Sahay, Prof. Parmeshwar Udmale
RPC Members: Prof. Pankaj Sekhsaria, Prof. Sarthak Gaurav
Title: Analyzing the interplay between digital Interventions and institutions in the context of disease Surveillance public health programs: A case study from India
Public health surveillance serves as a vital tool in epidemiology, enabling the monitoring of diseases, the detection of outbreaks, and the study of disease patterns. Consequently, this information plays a pivotal role in effectively overseeing and addressing public health concerns. In the Indian context, the government of India has adopted an Integrated disease surveillance and response framework (IDSR) that focuses on streamlining the practices of surveillance and response and the integration across organizational and sectorial levels. The advent of digital technology has generated substantial interest in using technology for data collection, compilation, and analysis. However, the experience with technology support for IDSR has been limited and marked by mixed results. Providing the technology support to strengthen disease surveillance and response programs needs to take into account the various dimensions of disease surveillance and response practices. Sharing health information is likely to encompass more than just technology; it involves communication, knowledge management, learning, and action. The positivist assumption about technology has been challenged by empirical research, which argued that technology is not independent of the social world it is part of. It is used in a variety of unforeseen ways, which leads to unpredicted changes. In the realm of Information system (IS) research, it is described as a “design/reality” gap. Against this backdrop, the research delves into the case of the Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response Programme, revamped in India in 2018 from an aggregate paper-based to a real-time case-based system. The study aims to comprehend the social aspects of technology and the transformative effects it seeks to bring about. The research draws concepts from the sociology of science and technology to explore the practices related to the production and use of information for the purpose of preventing and controlling infectious diseases. The findings of this research hold the potential to enhance digital technology support for disease surveillance and response.