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A perspective on digital health platform design and its implementation at national level

  • Mantri, Manisha1, 2
  • Sunder, Gaur1
  • Kadam, Sanjay2
  • Abhyankar, Aditya3
  • 1 HPC-Medical & Bioinformatics Application Group, Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Pune , (India)
  • 2 National Supercomputing Mission, Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Pune , (India)
  • 3 Department of Technology, Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), Pune , (India)
Published Article
Frontiers in Digital Health
Frontiers Media S.A.
Publication Date
Apr 11, 2024
DOI: 10.3389/fdgth.2024.1260855
  • Digital Health
  • Perspective


Accessible and affordable health services and products including medicines, vaccines, and public health are an important health agenda of all countries. It is well understood that without digital health technologies, countries will face difficulties in tackling the needs and demands of their population. Global agencies including the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations (UN), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), etc. have been instrumental in providing various tools, and guidance through digital health strategies in improving health and digital health maturity of the countries. The Digital Health Platform Handbook (DHPH) is a toolkit published by WHO and ITU to help countries create and implement a digital health platform (DHP) to serve as the underlying infrastructure for an interoperable and integrated national digital health system. We apply the foundational principles of DHPH and provide a perspective of DHP components in a layered, enterprise architecture of a digital health infrastructure. India has rolled out the blueprint of its National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) to address the emerging needs for digitization of healthcare in the country. In this paper, we also illustrate the design and implementation of WHO-ITU DHP components at the national level by exploring India's digital health mission implementation utilizing various digital public goods to build a digital health ecosystem in the country.

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