At the India Digital Health Net (IDHN) our mission is to advance the science and practice of digital health implementation. We believe there is a greenfield in India to develop and demonstrate a bold new digital health future that fulfills the health needs of 1.3 billion people.

IDHN is based at the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute at Harvard University and comprises distinguished scientists and domain experts spanning the fields of healthcare, informatics, computer science, law, business and policy. Our key partners include government agencies, healthcare enterprises, technologists and researchers from India and the US.

Our goal is to help develop digital health implementations and governance through research, policy and education.


We offer a variety of ways for researchers and students to get involved on campus at Harvard or remotely.


The core team of IDHN are fellows and faculty from Harvard in the fields of medicine, public health, computer science and law. The broader network is a distinguished group of local and international partners who are invested in building the digital health ecosystem in India.


Satchit Balsari

Harvard Medical School / Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


Caroline Buckee

Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Kenneth Mandl

Boston Children’s Hospital Harvard Medical School

Leo Anthony Celi

Harvard Medical School Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Tarun Khanna

Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute Harvard Business School

Tony Raj

St. John’s Research Institute

Urs Gasser

Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society Harvard Law School


Abhishek Bhatia

2018 IDHN Fellow

Nivedita Saksena

2019 IDHN Fellow

Sehj Kashyap

2020 IDHN Fellow


Abhijit Gupta

Praxify Technologies, Inc

Abijeet Waghmare

St. John’s Research Institute

Adrian Gropper

HealthURL / Patient Privacy Rights

Bharat Kalidindi

St. John’s Research Institute

John Halamka

Mayo Clinic

Kiran Anandampillai

National Health Authority / iSpirt Foundation

Nishant Kishore

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Nita Tyagi

iSPIRT Foundation

Rahul Matthan

Daksha / Trilegal

Verghese Thomas

St. John’s Research Institute

Vivek Singh

Samanvay Research and Development Foundation

Who’s Involved

IDHN was launched with seed funding from the Provost Fund for Interfaculty Collaboration and the Asia Center at Harvard University. Our partners at Harvard are: FXB Intersect, the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, The DataVerse Project, Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, SMART, MIMIC, MRCT Center of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard. Our India partners are: St. John’s Research Institute, iSpirt, KEM Hospital and GSMC, Dell EMC, Social Alpha and TATA Trusts.

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