Several digital health interventions have been implemented in hospitals, but the potential of digital technologies is yet to be realised in primary health care systems. We established a living lab in a primary health centre of Chandigarh (India) to address the needs of people, patients and healthcare providers. District Health Information System Tracker was customized and linked with the openMRS to integrate clinical and community health services. However, evaluation of digital health interventions has been a challenge. Cost-effectiveness studies may help policy makers for deciding on the scale-up of digital health in view of innumerable competing priorities.
About Dr Rajesh Kumar
Dr Rajesh Kumar is Visiting Professorial Fellow, School of Public Health & Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Honorary Professor, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK, Head of the Department of Community Medicine & School of Public Health and Dean (Academic), Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh, India. He is MD in Social and Preventive Medicine from Medical College, Rohtak (India) and MSc in Epidemiology from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (UK). He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Medical Sciences (India) and recipient of the Endeavour Executive Award. His focus areas include health service research, capacity building of health workforce, health informatics, and heath equity. He has published 387 research papers and book chapters. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.