HSRII launched its operations through HSRII-Knowledge Exchange Platform (HSRII-KEP), an e-group initiated with the primary objective of disseminating information on health systems research and stimulating vibrant discussions on various aspects of our health system. HSRII- Knowledge Exchange Platform aims at creating a structured environment for researchers and practitioners to share experiences, knowledge and best practices in the field of health systems and policy research. HSRII- Knowledge Exchange Platform use social media to encourage the free exchange of ideas and thoughts on health systems strengthening in India.
HSRII is currently the leading knowledge exchange platform in India with more than 3000 members. The members of HSRII-KEP comprises of public health institutions, international and national technical support agencies, State and Central government, policy makers, academicians, NGO’s, practitioners, public health researchers and students. During last five years, we were able to disseminate health systems knowledge on diverse topics in the form of journal articles, monographs, working papers, and news articles. Moreover the knowledge sharing platform is also successful in generating lively discussions on various key health systems issues in the country.
The knowledge exchange initiatives of HSRII were appreciated in all the three editions of Global Symposium for Health Systems Research. During the first Global Symposium held at Monteux, Tropika.net published a write up on HSRII titled “Indian scientists and policymakers discuss health equity/systems in a new fast-growing Google Group” highlighting our efforts to spread health systems research. During the 2nd Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, the Indian researchers convened a meeting to discuss the health systems and policy research agenda in India. The meeting acknowledged the efforts made by HSRII in dissemination of health systems research in India. The meeting also reiterated that the idea is not to create a new network, but rather, to strengthen existing initiatives like HSRII. During the Third Health Systems Global Symposium held at Cape Town in 2014, HSRII received the first “Health Systems Global Social Media Award” for the best use of social media for informing, advocating and engaging for health systems research and policy.