India Showcases Digital Health Leadership At World Health Assembly

India hosted a side event on digital health that drew participation from the Quad countries (US, Japan, Australia) at the 77th World Health Assembly. The event focused on how Digital Public Infrastructure (DPI) can address social determinants of health. A press release marking the event was issued on May 29, 2024.

The event drew delegates from over 100 countries, highlighting the growing interest in collaborative efforts for global digital health advancements.

India’s Union Health Secretary outlined the country’s achievements in digital health. He emphasized the role of DPI in ensuring accessible and equitable healthcare, contributing to Universal Health Coverage and achieving Sustainable Development Goal 3 (Good Health and Well-being).

India’s Digital Health Initiatives

Aadhaar, UPI, Co-WIN

Examples of India’s successful DPI implementation include Aadhaar for digital identities, UPI for financial transactions, and Co-WIN, the platform used for COVID-19 vaccination. Co-WIN is being transformed into UWIN for the National Immunization Programme, aiming to link immunization records for newborns, mothers, and school children.

Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM)

This initiative focuses on creating a robust national digital health ecosystem. With over 618 million Unique Health IDs (ABHA IDs) generated, 268,000 health facilities registered, and 350,000 healthcare professionals enlisted, ABDM reflects India’s commitment to digital healthcare.

National Health Claims Exchange (NHCX)

This upcoming platform aims to transform the insurance payment system through real-time settlements and auto-adjudication of claims.

Additional Initiatives:

  • AB PMJAY: The world’s largest public health insurance scheme, providing coverage to over 550 million people.
  • e-Sanjeevani: The world’s largest telemedicine platform, serving over 241 million patients and generating significant cost savings.
  • NI-KSHAY: A digital health initiative for TB management.
  • SAKSHAM: An online learning platform for healthcare professionals.

Global Collaboration

India’s approach to DPI extends beyond healthcare delivery, aiming to build a more resilient and equitable society. The event emphasized the importance of global collaboration in leveraging digital technologies for a healthier future.

Other Participating Nations

Representatives from the US, Japan, and Australia also shared their experiences and contributions to digital health, highlighting the need for international cooperation.

WHO’s Recognition

The World Health Organization (WHO) lauded India’s advancements in DPI and its ability to facilitate healthcare delivery at scale. The organization also highlighted its own efforts in supporting countries with digital health transformation.