Policy Design and Analysis

Since 2016, IDHN has been helping design digital health policy in India through a mixture of detailed analyses, invited comments to proposed policies, and policy proposals.

These include publications including white papers on the Unified Health Interface, Professionals and Facilities registries under the India Health Stack, and the Personal Data Protection Bill drafts. Publications are written by cross-disciplinary teams of technologists, public health, law and digital health researchers.


August 3, 2021
Author(s): Abijeet V Waghmare, Akhil Malhotra, Angshuman Sarkar, Bharat Kalidindi, Dhinagaran D, Ryan Fern...

The National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) and National Health Authority (NHA) of India released a consultation paper on its proposed Professionals Registry, a vital public good building block of the national digital health ecosystem.

White Paper Policy Digital Public Goods Aysuhman Bharat Digital Mission

August 3, 2021
Author(s): Abijeet V Waghmare; Akhil Malhotra; Angshuman Sarkar; Bharat Kalidindi; Dhinagaran D; Ryan Fernandez...

In response to request for public comment, IDHN submitted a response calling for phased enrollment, tiering registries, stronger verification mechanisms and broader practitioner scope.

White Paper Policy Digital Public Goods Aysuhman Bharat Digital Mission

July 22, 2021
Author(s): Nivedita Saksena, Rahul Matthan, Anant Bhan, Satchit Balsari

We propose that traditional methods to protect patient privacy and control won't work in the new digitized health ecosystem where data is collected, transmitted, aggregated across thousands of nodes instantaneously. We examine the merits and limitations of proposed alternatives like the fiduciary framework that imposes accountability on those that use the data; privacy by design principles that rely on technological safeguards against abuse; or regulations.

Journal Article Policy Privacy

February 1, 2020
Author(s): Abhijeet Wagmare, Adrian Gropper, Angshuman Sarkar, AV Sethuraman, Clay Heaton, Geetika Sethi, Guriq...

In comments to a Joint Committee of the India Parliament on the 2019 Personal Data Protection Bill, which aims to protect the personal data of individuals throughout India, we highlighted the implications of this law for health data and academic research being undertaken in the country.

White Paper Policy Privacy

In this podcast, IDHN director Satchit Balsari and Rahul Matthan, Partner with Trilegal in India, discuss the digitization of the health ecosystem in India.

Uncategorized Advocacy Podcast Research

AI can help universalize healthcare but to roll this vision out globally, thoughtful reconnaissance is needed of what problems need solving, what data are needed to solve them and how best technology can be leveraged to collect these data.

Journal Article Research Policy Artificial Intelligence

August 4, 2019
Author(s): Abhijit Gupta, Abijeet Waghmare, Adrian Gropper, Angshuman Sarkar, A V Sethuraman, Devesh Varma, Dh...

In comments submitted to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in 2019 on its proposed National Digital Health Blueprint (NDHB), we recommend the adoption of Regulatory Sandboxes.

White Paper Policy Health Stack

On April 3rd 2019, IDHN convened over 40 stakeholders across public and private sector for a workshop in New Delhi to to present the early prototype of its work at the “Powering the PHR” conference, and learn from the several initiatives across the country that are building components of what may ultimately become India’s health-tech grid.

Policy Research Advocacy Events

July 13, 2018
Author(s): Satchit Balsari, Alexander Fortenko, Joaquín A. Blaya, Adrian Gropper, Malavika Jayaram, Rahul Matt...

In a roadmap published in the Journal of Internet Medical Research, we proposed a federated, patient-centric, and application programming interface (API)–enabled health information ecosystem that enables the exchange of health information in conformity with India’s evolving data protection and privacy laws. Our proposed model has been adopted and implemented by policymakers in India — first by the NITI Aayog in its approach paper for the National Health Stack, and then by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in its National Digital Health Blueprint.

Journal Article Research Health Stack

November 25, 2016
Author(s): Satchit Balsari

We suggest that the proposed National eHealth Authority could usher a digital health revolution in India but that privacy laws need to be revisited to sufficiently protect nationapatients’ privacy

Newspaper Research Policy Health Stack

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