Looking back at 2020 a few years down the line (and let’s face it, there will be a lot of looking back at this watershed year), one may remember Covid-19 as a life-changing moment. For many, it has brought on realisations and epiphanies about the uncertainty in life. What seemed like a year that could kickstart the next phase of Indian tech has turned out to be a year full of introspection, tough calls and adjusting visions.
In this (future) nostalgia, one might be forgiven for overlooking something that is likely to become an ubiquitous part of everyday lives in India in the next half a decade. On August 15, 2020 — India’s 74th Independence Day — Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched digital health IDs for all Indians, which is envisioned as a single touchpoint to access healthcare services in India in the future.
The digital health IDs can be best understood as UPI for healthcare — digitally encapsulating all records and history of an individual’s health and wellness. This includes prescriptions, treatment, diagnostic reports and discharge summaries. These digital records can then be shared by individuals with doctors and healthcare providers in hospitals or clinics. It is an utopian image of holistic healthcare, success of which will depend on various factors such as proper implementation and coordination between all stakeholders.