August 4, 2019
By Abhijit Gupta, Abijeet Waghmare, Adrian Gropper, Angshuman Sarkar, A V Sethuraman, Devesh Varma, Dhruv Pandey, Harpreet Singh, Jimmy Antony, John Halamka, Namrata Arora, Nivedita Saksena, Rahul Matthan, Satchit Balsari, Sneha Vaidhyam, Sunita Nadhamuni, Supten Sarbadhikari, Tarun Khanna, Tony Raj, Vivek Divan

In comments submitted to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in 2019 on its proposed National Digital Health Blueprint (NDHB), we recommended the adoption of Regulatory Sandboxes. These are controlled testing environments within which existing regulations may be temporarily relaxed to allow experimentation for novel technologies. They provide the enabling conditions that administrators need in order to test new solutions in subsets of populations in a responsible, controlled, and monitored real-world environment, before mandating change at scale. 

In August 2020, the National Health Authority announced the “NDHM Sandbox,” allowing integration and validation of third-party software by partnering with NDHM APIs.

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