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Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh addressing the first ever Global Digital Health Summit, in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on Friday.

Excelsior Correspondent
NEW DELHI, October 28: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science and Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh said here that India is now the world leader in providing digital health services.
Addressing the first ever Global Digital Health Summit, Exhibition and Innovation Awards at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, Dr. Jitendra Singh said: India will become a leader in digital health because we need the best technical workforce in the world and our data is the cheapest in the world. world, approaching 100 percent coverage. The minister said that the recent launch of 5G will bring a new revolution in the digital healthcare system in India.
Dr Jitendra Singh emphasized that the whole world recognizes India’s leadership role during COVID-19 as it achieved the rare feat of delivering over 220 million vaccines through a fully digital platform – COWIN and the process continues.
Dr. Jitendra Singh recalled that in July 2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing the CoWin Global Conclave, proposed the CoWIN platform as a digital public good to the world to fight against COVID19.
Dr. Jitendra Singh informed that when COVID-19 hit us, India notified telemedicine practice guidelines in March 2020, and we did the same for AYUSH in April 2020. He said India could notify these directives because our preparatory work was done and we were ready. The Minister said that we must work together to ensure “digital health for all”, which is a prerequisite for achieving “health for all”.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, “India has a mission mode program dedicated to digital health, the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission, which has delivered nearly 220 million electronic health records. Ayushman Bharat Yojna offers free treatment up to five lakh rupees in the best of hospitals to eligible beneficiaries. He also informed that as of October 15, 2022, while e-Sanjeevani teleconsultations were 6.72 million, eSanjeevani HWC (Provider-to-Provider) was around 5.84 million and the number of eSanjeevani OPD ( Patient-to-Doctor) was 0.9. million.
Referring to the Prime Minister’s groundbreaking announcement of the “National Digital Health Mission” from the ramparts of Red Fort on August 15, 2020, Dr. Jitendra Singh said technology will be used with caution to reduce treatment difficulties. He quoted Modi as saying, “Every Indian will be given a medical ID card. This health ID will work as a health account of every Indian. This account will contain your details about every test, every illness, the doctors you have seen, the medications you have taken, and the diagnosis. We are designing a system that will help every citizen make a better and informed decision.”
Dwelling on the challenges of the pandemic, Dr. Jitendra Singh said, COVID-19 has driven the global adoption of technology in healthcare at scale. He said that during the pandemic the world had come to a standstill, and because doctors couldn’t meet patients, everyone was forced to embrace technology to connect.
Dr. Jitendra Singh concluded that India has become the most advanced healthcare system in the world, with the latest technological tools deployed, in the delivery of care. He said everyone working in healthcare must embrace digitalization across healthcare. Clinicians and professionals working in pharmacy, diagnostics, hospitals and insurance will need to plan their forays into digitization at a rapid pace, the minister said.