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In an event at Vidhan Soudha on June 26, 2020, attended by various dignitaries and teams over video-conference, the Karnataka Chief Minister Sri B.S.Yeduyurappa launched “e-Manas: Karnataka Mental Healthcare Management System” portal on behalf of the Dept of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Karnataka. This online portal is a one-stop solution to facilitate comprehensive mental health services across the state. This is a unique innovative endeavor of the National Health Mission, Government of Karnataka, and is the first such mental health initiative in India. It has been developed in collaboration with National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore and International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore (IIITB), through its E-Health Research Center (EHRC).

Karnataka has been a pioneer in mental healthcare services in India, both in the public and private sectors. Continuing in this tradition, the launch of the e-Manas platform is aimed to propel the digitization of mental healthcare services and will help provide compliance with the Mental Health Care Act, 2017 and Rules (2018). This web solution brings all the stakeholders in mental health in Karnataka together: Karnataka State Mental Health Authority, Karnataka State Mental Health Review Board, all public and private Mental Health Care Establishments, Mental Health Professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, mental health nurses), persons with mental illness and their caregivers. Access to this portal will be made available to all mental health professionals and establishments in Karnataka, in the public and private sector. EHRC has developed this software platform in collaboration with HealtheLife LLP, a healthcare startup incubated at IIITB, using open source and standards-based components.

The event was attended by Urban Development Minister Sri Birathi Basavaraj, MP’s Sri Tejaswi Surya and Sri PC Mohan, Union Minister Sri DV Sadananda Gowda, Medical Education Minister Sri K Sudhakar, NIMHANS Director Dr. BN Gangadhar and IIITB director Prof. S Sadagopan