Could healthcare digitisation be a defence against pandemics such as COVID-19?

Public heath experts hold that a digital healthcare infrastructure connecting care givers, patients, and insurers across the country will act as a big enabler for policy makers to handle situations like pandemics.

Combined with other innovations, digitization can be of use in many ways. For example, at an individual level, patients who are positive and do not have significant co-morbidities or risk factors can be managed remotely, reducing exposure to healthcare workers," said Radha Rangarajan, chief scientific officer at HealthCube, a portable diagnosis system that can be used easily anywhere by anyone with minimal training.

According to a recent report by federal policy think tank NITI Aayog, Digital health could well be the lever that takes the country to the next levels in terms of achieving improved health outcomes.

Digitisation could help healthcare workers give quality care while minimizing inconvenience and annoyance to patients, said the report which made a strong case for ‘wiring’ the healthcare infrastructure to leverage information to drive costs down and to improve efficiency.

The NITI Aayog report suggested that India needs its own common data standards and technology platform for data exchange across hospitals and insurers to digitise healthcare system.Read more in Source