CITAPP Colloquium – Meera Muthukrishnan

Date: 14/09/22

About the talk: MS (Research) student Meera Muthukrishnan spoke on the usage and adoption of ICTs in public health care delivery with a case study of E-Manas, Karnataka.


Making of Data Infrastructures in Public Health: Case study of E-Manas, Karnataka’s Mental Health Management System

In the recent years, many digital solutions are being developed for data management in public health, electronic health records (EHR) being one of them. While EHRs are purported to become data infrastructure for providing effective healthcare services, building and deploying such infrastructures are a long-drawn and challenging task. In my research, I examine this challenging process of by focusing on the practices, institutions, people and the data itself in making a data infrastructure. To this end, I look at E-Manas, Karnataka’s Mental Health Management system as a case to understand the process of its becoming a data infrastructure for public mental healthcare in Karnataka. In this talk, I present the preliminary findings based on the observation of camps and interviews with various stakeholders about the usage of E-Manas across different districts of Karnataka.

CITAPP Colloquium is a monthly effort for students and research staff working within the domain of IT and Society to present their ongoing work.


CITAPP at IIIT Bangalore is an interdisciplinary think-tank set-up to focus on the policy challenges and the organizational demands made by technological innovation. Of particular interest to the Centre is how technological advances, along with institutional changes that harness the legitimacy and the powers of bureaucracies and market, address the needs of underserved communities.