Because of the app, I have all of the data in my hand at any given point.
Data Analytics for Decision-Making
At a primary health center in the village of Kushalpura, the Block Chief Medical Officer shared how maternal and child health data captured by digital technology is enabling timely and evidence-based policy decisions. Internet connectivity and limited smartphone penetration remain critical challenges, but as the infrastructure expands and the mobile-based platforms scale there is potential to accelerate access to care to the most remote parts of the state. In addition, program planners will eventually be able to overlay social factors such as income, food security and education attainment with health parameters to better identify vulnerable populations and focus limited health resources.
This trip was extremely energizing, as it demonstrated to us the potential of Precision Public Health. We were encouraged to see the leadership and innovation shown by the Indian health system in implementing these frontline digital tools and leveraging insights for action. The visit allowed us to learn directly from community health workers, decision-makers and individuals receiving care. Their input will continue to be invaluable as we expand and optimize this work to close the digital health divide.