Digital health should be an integral part of health priorities and benefit people in a wayt hat is ethical, safe, secure, reliable, equitable and sustainable. It should be developed with principles of transparency, accessibility, scalability, reliability, interoperability, privacy, security and confidentiality. In conversation with, Dr. Neeta Verma, Director General, National Informatics Centre, MeitY, Government of India.
Digital India program has propelled, in fact today Digital Transformation is an important component of strategy and vision of every entity. The health sector has also leveraged technology in its many facets; right from management of hospitals to online appointment of citizens in rural areas has been developed. It has given some amount of convenience to the patients. Though it has given a great boost in the pandemic, the access to quality healthcare is still a challenge. Covid 19 has brought a lot of challenge to us. The invention of telemedicine, Aarogya Setu app, tracking the patients, Covid 19 test to name a few has been benefitted through the digitisation. In the last five years, there has been a revolution in broadband indeed. Telemedicine will grow in time even after pandemic.
It is easier to access, connecting with all the doctors to the rural areas. Accessing health records have become easier through Electronic Health Record. Unique Health ID is a core concept which will be on board soon. From neighbourhood doctors to hospital doctors will be included in this ID concept. Also there will be a register for Doctors, like eHospital system which is already operational and treatment is being done through EHR. We are looking forward to this new kind of healthcare for a better India.