The digital health transformation of India’s healthcare system post COVID-19

By Jan Herzhoff, President. Global Health Markets, Elsevier

With the launch of national public health initiatives such as Ayushman Bharat and the National Digital Health Mission, India has an incredible opportunity to become a digital health leader. However, the frictions of adopting digital technologies for patients and clinicians need to be removed in order to achieve this.

Although COVID-19 has impacted India in detrimental ways, it has also brought about an avalanche of positive changes, including the adoption of digital health technologies and significant changes to the way care is delivered. Yet the crisis has also highlighted a key missing link: the need for updated and near real-time availability of trusted information.

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Jan Herzhoff, President, Health Markets at Elsevier, looks at how India’s healthcare system post COVID-19 must transform digitally. He identifies ways in which India can take full advantage of the benefits, such as by ensuring robust and unified data policies that boost rather than impede tech innovations, and by having access to global markets, talent, and technologies to deliver value to clinicians and patients locally across varying markets.

India needs to invest in upgrading its research and knowledge technologies as the adoption of data and digital health infrastructure is accelerated during the pandemic Implementing a knowledge-driven care model, driven by data and evidence-based knowledge at the point-of-care, will empower clinicians with reliable insights for safe and quality patient care.

The future of India’s healthcare system also lies in the hands of the practitioners of tomorrow: instilling skills early on at medical and nursing school will guide them on their journey to technology adoption. But this needs to start now.

Read the full article in Bio Spectrum, Asia Edition  
“ Post COVID19, healthcare systems should look to implement a knowledge-driven care model