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Digital Health Post COVID19
Israel as a digital health leader
Israel's healthcare system is among the best in OECD countries. This is enabled by Government collaborating with private partners as well as high tech solutions.
Israel is 5th in terms of Health Efficiency and is one of the lowest costing system in the world. Israel ranks high in indexes tracking vaccination and life expectancy of children.
In Israel all residents are entitled to national health insurance regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion and even current state of health.
Israel has community based primary health care delivery which is facilitated through Non Profit Health Funds and Health Maintenance Organisations(HMO)s.
In Israel healthcare receivers can move from one HMO to another and the satisfaction rates for the consumers are monitored as well as taken into account.
While Israel has great technology, they have a smaller population set and therefore, the implementation challenges are lower.
Israel has a national Health Information Exchange(HIE) system that optimises treatment to patients based on all conceivable streams of historic health data including Hospitals, Doctors, HMOs.
Israel is actively trying to collaborate with other countries in a Government to Government model using its digital healthcare expertise. Healthcare Israel was setup to fulfil this specific purpose.
Challenges for India
Digital health cannot work in silo; on its own it will not revolutionise healthcare.
Successful implementation of digital health depends on an ecosystem that fosters innovation, trust, creation of healthcare infrastructure and expertise, and formulation appropriate policies to govern digital health.
The low hanging fruit in implementation of digital health is in preventive care.
Policy changes can include investment in health programmes or upgradation of health infrastructure.
India has a high disease burden and doctor-patient ratio is skewed.
Point of care diagnostics, real time data monitoring of vital health data at a population scale can underpin both health response at the individual level and policy changes at the population level.
India's Personal Data Protection Bill has been tabled but is yet to pass.
Avenues of cooperation between India and Israel for digital health
Israel’s strength in digital health is technology and systems; India’s strength is diversity in demography, infrastructure and geography.
Real time monitoring, hospital management, Electronic Health Record(EHR), telemedicine, health information exchange
Opportunities of co-operation between Israel and India
Preventive care and last mile services like testing facilities enabled by digital healthcare services.
India could offer sandboxes to trial Israeli technology and provide ways to scale them at various levels, before taking it global.