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The future of digital health is in the Cloud - Dr. Basant Garg

Written by : Arun Ramalingam

May 30, 2023

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With the massive strides that the Indian government has been making in the Health sector, prominent leaders like Dr.Basant Garg believe that the cloud is the next frontier for digital health, how feasible is this?

Innovative healthcare at its best

The Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM), a transformative initiative by the Government of India, has already taken the country by storm. With thousands of individuals subscribed to the initiative, it has truly changed the healthcare landscape. In addition to this, initiatives like the Scan & Share initiative aim to meld technology, healthcare, and social structures into one, eliminating a margin of error that plagued the health space. Now India's next health frontier is the cloud. With its ambitious goals to provide universal health coverage and leverage technology for better patient care, the program's success heavily relies on harnessing the power of the cloud.


Scalability and Cost-Efficiency

With the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission's ambitious scope, the cloud's elasticity ensures that the infrastructure can scale to accommodate growing data volumes and user demands. This scalability minimizes the need for expensive hardware upgrades and enables healthcare facilities of all sizes to benefit from advanced technology. Moreover, cloud-based solutions reduce upfront costs, allowing healthcare organizations to invest in other critical areas, such as training healthcare professionals or upgrading medical equipment.

Telemedicine and Remote health features

In a vast country like India, where geographical barriers can hinder access to healthcare, telemedicine, and remote monitoring play crucial roles in rural areas. Cloud-based platforms enable seamless integration of telemedicine and remote services allowing patients to consult with doctors remotely and receive timely medical advice. By leveraging the cloud, Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission can bridge the urban-rural divide and improve healthcare access for millions. Additionally, remote patient monitoring devices connected to the cloud enable continuous tracking of vital signs, enhancing preventive care and early detection of health issues, particularly for chronic diseases.

Enhanced population data analytics

The cloud's immense computational power and advanced analytics capabilities can unlock invaluable insights from the wealth of health data generated in India. By integrating diverse sources of data, such as patient records, diagnostic tests, and public health information, the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission can support evidence-based policymaking and predictive healthcare analytics. The insights derived from this data set would be powerful to the point of being able to predict health crises, anticipate the needs of the population and react fast in times of crisis. Having such data would allow for far greater efficiency and better allocation of resources.


Why this is an important step in India's future

The Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission heralds a new era of digital health in India, and further innovation in cloud services can act as the backbone for its success. By harnessing cloud computing's power, the program can streamline healthcare delivery, promote data-driven decision-making, and bridge gaps in healthcare access across the country. Embracing the future of digital health in the cloud, India's healthcare system has the potential to transform patient outcomes, improve public health, and pave the way for a more inclusive and efficient healthcare ecosystem.


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