Matters of Inclusivity in Design and Governance of Digital Health in India

Matters of Inclusivity in Design and Governance of Digital Health in India

A dialogue between state, tech, and civil society on the rapid increase in the application of digital health solutions in India’s mixed health system, and the challenges of ensuring inclusivity.

Matters of Inclusivity in Design and Governance of Digital Health in India

This session opens up a conversation between state, tech, and civil society actors in the context of the rapid increase in the application of digital health solutions in India’s mixed health system, and the challenges of ensuring inclusivity.

The dialogue will explore what it means to take a ‘leaving no one behind’ approach in practice, when non-state and public actors come together to innovate digital solutions in response to collective health challenges in real-time.

Digital health pioneers will talk about their response to the COVID-19 pandemic, how they adapted and targeted their services to the demands of the pandemic, and (if they) conceived of inclusivity in the design and adaptation of their platforms. The opportunities for expanded inclusivity on the horizon and how different sectors can work together to ensure digital health innovation strengthens the development of inclusive health systems in India will be considered.

Speakers:

  • Mdm. Sujata Saunik, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of General Administration, Government of Maharashtra
  • Ms. Shipra Dawar, Founder and CEO, ePsyclinic and Co-founder,  IWill
  • Mr. Sanjiv Chhabria, Volunteer, Project StepOne
  • Dr. Sarthak Gaurav, Assistant Professor, Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, IIT Bombay

Moderators :

  • Gerald Bloom, Institute of Development Studies, UK
  • Priya Balasubramaniam,  Centre for Sustainable Health Innovations, Public Health Foundation of India

This session is part of the Mutual Learning Series on Digital Health Ecosystems, which consists of three dialogues around inclusivity, integration and accountability, and regulation of digital health in India to understand the extent to which digital tools have increased/improved access to health services for vulnerable and underserved populations. They will explore possible measures to address emerging inequalities, challenges faced by digital health companies, and the capacities governments need to integrate digital technologies beyond COVID. Learn more about the series.

 

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