India’s new National Digital Health Architecture

The Indian Union Minister of Health, Mr Mansukh Mandaviya on 19 August 2023, launched, in the presence of Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization, the ‘Global Initiative on Digital Health – a WHO Managed Network’ (GIDH) during the G20 Global Health Ministers’ meeting at the Mahatma Mandir Convention Centre, Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

Today is a momentous day in the history of the G20 Health Working Group where G20 countries not only identified a priority for its relevance but collectively worked towards its launch said Dr Mansukh Mandaviya. “India’s G20 presidency has leveraged its experience on developing a national digital health architecture through the convergence of digital health interventions aimed at health systems strengthening through interoperability by design”

GIDH is an integrative step that fosters equity in healthcare by converging efforts and best practices said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “The GIDH will ensure inclusivity, integration, and alignment of our goals by not leaving anyone behind”

Launch of GIDH is a key deliverable of “Third Health Priority: Digital Health Innovation & Solutions to aid Universal Health Coverage and Improve Healthcare Service Delivery” under India’s G20 Presidency.

GIDH will consolidate the evidence and amplify recent and past gains in global digital health for health systems while strengthening mutual accountability to enhance the impact of future investments.

The Union Minister also reminded the dignitaries that India led the Digital Health resolution at the 71st World Health Assembly in 2018 in Geneva, which spurred global action on this vital agenda. According to Mandaviya, fragmented digital solutions being used currently were resulting in significant workload on health workers, inefficiencies due to duplication and lack of interoperability. Speaking at the event, Dr Ghebreyesus said the GIDH is an integrative step that fosters equity in healthcare by converging efforts and best practices. “It will amplify our efforts with the incorporation of tools, such as AI while giving due importance to ethics, policy, and governance. GIDH will ensure that no one is left behind,” he said.

During the session, Mr Mandaviya also launched the World Bank’s flagship report on ‘Digital in Health – Unlocking Value for Everyone’. The report is intended to give countries confidence and practical guidance on where to start digital health implementation, regardless of the country’s stage of digital maturity or fiscal challenges.

At ManageMyHealth™, we are committed to using the latest digital health technologies, including telemedicine and Artificial Intelligence that will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of citizens in India.

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