Policy dialogue on digital health governance held in Delhi

The various top experts in public health and policymakers deliberated at the event that was held to discuss and inform how technology can improve health outcomes

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(L-R) Dr Vinod Bhat, Vice-Chancellor, MAHE and Dr Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Member of Parliament.

New Delhi: The Indian Social Responsibility Network (ISRN), Prasanna School of Public Health (PSPH), and Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) organised a high-level policy dialogue to discuss the future of digital health recently at New Delhi.

The event was held to discuss and inform how technology can improve health outcomes. Dr Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Member of Parliament was the chief guest. Mr Santosh Gupta, ISRN and Dr Vinod Bhat, Vice-Chancellor, MAHE were also present.

Speakers from India and abroad covered a wide range of topics all pertaining to the increasing use of digital technology in healthcare. Mr Ram Yeleswarapu from Navitas Life Sciences presented the latest approach to engage citizens in sharing their health data. Dr Ain Aaviksoo from the Estonian government explained the success story of the digitisation of the Estonian health services.

In the discussion, Dr R K Srivastava, former Director General Health Services India commented on the arrival of artificial intelligence and how the human and ethical aspects must be protected. Dr Helmut Brand, Director of Prasanna School of Public Health called for common principles and good governance for all the innovation that is happening in both the public and private sectors.

Mr Robert Madelin, Chairman of FIPRA International, and formerly with the European Commission, shared his experience and called for ”bringing the lab to society” to make sure that new technology and services are acceptable to society.

Dr Matthias Reumann from IBM Research agreed and said that digital health solutions ”require a new governance model” and that this model could be developed jointly by public policy makers and private sector innovators.

Dr Sumeet Bhasin, Director Public Policy Research Centre (PPRC), announced the continuation of the policy dialogue and the date of a second meeting will be communicated.