3rd Annual
India Digital Health Innovation

6-7 January, 2023
Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

We are delighted to announce that Third Annual India Digital Health Innovation Workshop will be held on January 6 and 7 in Bengaluru. This invitation-only event, is co-hosted by St. John’s Research Institute, the India Digital Health Network at the Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute at Harvard, Social Alpha’s Community Science Alliance and Dell Technologies.

This two-day workshop brings together clinicians, public health experts, community health workers, community-based health organizations, entrepreneurs, computer scientists, legal experts, and policy makers from across India’s digital health ecosystem, to examine the most pressing challenges facing digital health innovation and implementation. 
Invited speakers include architects of the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission and Aadhar, India’s most successful public and private digital health programs, and digital health implementation science faculty from India and the US.

The workshop will:

Key Areas of

Artificial Intelligence

Connected Sensor Technology

EHR & Predictive Analytics

Mobile Health Applications

Virtual Care & Telemedicine


8:00 AM – 9:00 AM |Breakfast and Registration
9:00 AM – 9:20 AM | Opening remarks; plan, agenda, outcomes, objective


  • Ms. Carolyn John (CSA; Social Alpha)
  • Dr. Satchit Balsari (Harvard Medical School; CSA)
9:20 AM – 10:15 AM | Opening Session: Digital Health Innovation: What is the problem we are trying to solve?


  • Dr. Tony Raj (St. John’s Research Institute)
  • Mrs. Sunita Nadhamuni (Dell Technologies)
  • Dr. Shitij Arora (Albert Einstein School of Medicine; CSA)


  • Dr. Ajay Nair (Swasth Alliance)

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM | Coffee
10:35 AM – 12:00 PM | Panel discussion: The world’s largest population health screening and management system: Lessons in Optimization

Objective: Describe the implementation of Ministry of Health’ and Family Welfare’s NCD screening and management program, in the state of Karnataka, with the goal of understanding current design and development practices, advantages of Sandboxing and rapid iteration, and examining the outcomes from the first generation of digital health innovation labs in India.


  • Ms. Sunita Nadhamuni
  • Dr. Verghese Thomas (St. John’s Research Institute)
  • Mr. Arun Sanjay (Dell Technologies)
  • Mr. Himanshu Kalra (Parallel)
  • Dr. Arun Kumar (Directorate of Health & Family Welfare Services, Karnataka)
  • Dr. M.A. Balasubramanya (NHSRC)
  • Dr. Tony Raj


  • Dr. Satchit Balsari (Harvard Medical School; CSA)
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM | Lunch
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM | Why “Make, Break, Pivot” may not be right for digital health innovation: Lessons from the Pandemic

Objective: Describe current limitations in needs finding and digital health design and implementation via recent use-cases. Compare against successful interventions such as Noora Health and Armman which are deeply rooted in design thinking and contextual intelligence.


  • Dr. Satchit Balsari (Harvard Medical School; CSA)


  • Dr. Aparna Hegde (Armman)
  • Dr. Shahed Alam (Noora Health)


  • Dr. Vijay Chandru (ARTPARK-IISc)
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM | Coffee
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM | ABDM: India’s unique contribution to digital health

Objective: Deep dive into the core architecture of ABDM to understand the problems ABDM is trying to solve via digital transformation (what, why and how). Followed by understanding adoption challenges on the ground and possible solutions (including the recently launched monetary incentives).


  • Dr. Ram Sevak Sharma (NHA)
  • Dr. Pramod Varma (EkStep)
  • Mr. Vikalp Sahni (Eka.Care)
  • Mr. Amit Bharti (Eka.Care)


  • Mr. Kiran Anandampillai (iDrishti; Advisor, NHA)
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Break
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Evening Keynote Dinner –  A conversation with:
  • Dr. Vijay Chandru
  • Ms. Maya Vishwakarma (Sukarma Foundation)
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM | Breakfast and Registration
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM | New Frontiers in Digital Health and Data Science

Objective: What can AI, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing and Big Data actually do for healthcare? What’s real, what’s vapourware?

Topics & Speakers

  • AI/ML – Mr. Ankit Modi (Qure.ai)
  • Private data for Public Good – Mr. Dipinder Sekhon (KritiKal Solutions)
  • NLP – Mr. Gaurav Aggarwal (Google)
  • Open Data Science – Mr. Sujay Santra (iKure)
  • Genomic Surveillance – Dr. Vijay Chandru


  • Dr. Shitij Arora
10:30 AM – 10:50 AM | Coffee
10:50 AM – 12:00 PM | Unmet Needs: Clinicians’ Respond

Objective: Clinical voices from the field, including from community-based organizations, general practitioners and tertiary hospitals respond to these emerging technologies and reflect on the most pressing needs in clinical care. Panelists include community health workers and physicians.


  • Dr. Pavitra Mohan (Basic Health Services)
  • Ms. Ghousiya Sultana (Anganwadi)
  • Dr. Shrey Desai (SEWA Rural)
  • Dr. Chetanya Malik (Sangwari)


  • Ms. Maya Vishwakarma
12:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Rebooting Consent for the Digital Age

Objective: A discussion of the provenance, portability, and availability of clinical and population health data for provision of care, research and commerce


  • Mr. Devesh Varma (Social Alpha; CSA)
  • Ms. Shefali Malhotra (C-HELP)
  • Dr. Harpreet Singh (ICMR)
  • Mr. Sujay Santra
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM | Working lunch 

Future-proofing the digital health ecosystem in India
NHA: Roadmap for Gateways 2 and 3: UHI and Health Information Exchange

  • Remarks by Dr. Basant Garg (NHA), via live link, before breakout (15 mins); Facilitated by NHA
  • Breakouts: Each group identifies two challenges, and two implementation strategies.
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM | DHIL 2.0: A science-based approach to digital health innovation

Topic of Discussion: Start-ups and ministries can work with Digital Health Innovation Labs 2.0 to test, validate and scale digital health solutions in compliance with global ethical research standards, and local advances in digital health architecture.

Proposal From

  • Dr. Shitij Arora
  • Dr. Manoj Mohanan (Duke University; CSA)


  • Dr. Kshama Kothari (Social Alpha)
  • Mr. Naveen Kumar (IAS), NHA (proposed)
  • Mr. Raja Sekhar Kommu (Karkinos Healthcare)
4:10 PM – 5:00 PM | Closing remarks


  • Dr. Tony Raj
  • Dr. Satchit Balsari


We are grateful for the support of our partners, who have made this workshop possible.



St. John’s Research Institute 

100 Feet Road, John Nagar, Koramangala

Bengaluru, Karnataka 560034



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