Dr. Rajendra Pratap Gupta
Co-chair of the Global Digital Health Summit, founder of Health Parliament and former Advisor to the Union Health Minister
Rajendra Pratap Gupta (Rajendra) is a public policy expert who has been contributing to policy making for over a decade and a half across sectors. Rajendra has worked with some of the largest organisations across the world and was nominated to the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum for 2012-2014 in recognition of his work. He has served at senior-most levels at fortune 20 & fortune 500 companies in India. Besides, he has been invited by global organizations like the United Nations, UNESCO, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, World Health Organization, World Economic Forum, ITU ( oldest UN body), United States of America, United Kingdon, Govt. of Japan, Algeria, Finland & Bangladesh, and also by the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Ministry of Labour and Employment & The Planning Commission – Government of India, for his views on a diverse range of topics.
The numbers speak for themselves. About 2 billion COVID vaccinations have been delivered and tracked through a digital system, about 220 million health records have been allotted, and more than 30 million digital consultations have been delivered through eSanjeevani. This is a big achievement for any developing country. When it comes to digital health, we are matching the developed countries in size and scope. Going forward, we need to have a clear plan of action for Digital Health, and we should avoid lobbying by vested interests, as that can derail our promising start.Today, India is the world leader in Digital Health.
This summit(https://globalsummit.health/) will release the world’s first multi-stakeholder declaration aiming at ‘Digital Health For All’. We are drafting the declaration, which will be released at the summit. This is aimed to galvanize all stakeholders to ensure we deliver digital health for all and reduce inequity in healthcare.
This summit will witness the launch of path-breaking initiatives
a. Global Digital health Professionals Council- a virtual community of people working in digital health
b. Women for Digital Health- Campaign to get more women into leadership roles in Digital Health
c. Launch of the world’s first comprehensive Women’s Health Guideline
The global awards (https://globalsummit.health/awards) for innovators disrupting healthcare are another big attraction and will recognize and celebrate the ‘transformers’ in healthcare. These awards will be judged by an international jury chaired by Brian O’Connor, chairman of the European Connected Health Alliance. These awards are open to the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry deploying digital health solutions.
The Outcomes Report from this summit will lay the roadmap for the future of digital health. This is not just another summit; it will be answering some of the critical questions which have plagued the mass adoption of digital health like:
• Return on Investments for Digital Health
• Adoption of digital health amongst doctors and small clinics and hospitals less than 20 beds.
• Increasing the momentum for digital health amongst the small healthcare providers and clinicians operated practices/clinics, which constitute the majority of providers for healthcare in developing countries
• How 5G, Gaming, and Metaverse will transform healthcare
• Meeting with the team delivering the National Digital Health Mission.
This summit will have participants from major regions across the globe.
The speakers include the tallest leaders who have shaped digital health for over two decades. One of the key highlights is where the participants can have a dedicated session with the global leaders and seek answers to their queries. This has never happened in any Digital Health summit so far! So, this is a summit where the delegates will be shaping the movement for ensuring ‘Digital Health For All’.
We have already got more applications than the seats, so we are filtering criteria to ensure decision-makers from across the continuum of care are represented. Announcements at this summit will make it a historical summit for years to come.
The NHP-2017 is radical in many ways and has addressed all such challenges. I think the time has come to review the progress of the National Health Policy, as it has been five years since it was approved. At Health Parliament (the think tank I founded) has started reviewing the NHP, and we will make the detailed review available by early 2023.