Budget 2022-23: Healthcare gets a digital push

Healthcare has received a much-needed digital push in the Union Budget 2022-23. Dr Satyender Goel, healthcare digital entrepreneur and CEO of India Health Link, said that creating an open platform for the National Digital Health Ecosystem, establishing a National Telemental Health Scheme, incentivizing start-ups that include health, and ‘Drone Shakti’ are all innovative ideas that are headed in the right direction (IHL).
In the age of digitalization and the implementation of 5G technology, the National Digital Health Ecosystem will make healthcare accessible to India’s 1.4 billion people, many of whom have been damaged by the pandemic.
To further push the digital mission, it is vital for the government to partner with the private sector and use the technological innovations coming from creative start-ups in the field.
A point noteworthy is the ‘Drone Shakti’ – a plan to encourage drone technology. This could be used in multiple ways in the healthcare segment too.
The proposed National Tele Health Scheme involving Bengaluru-based NIMHANS shows the importance given by the government to a large segment of population that was stressed out following the pandemic and is part of what the Finance Minister said about “empathy for the pandemic-hit population”.