Data democracy is needed for a healthier India

One of the biggest challenges in India today is that the pattern of diseases is changing quite significantly.

One of the biggest challenges in India today is that the pattern of diseases is changing quite significantly. Earlier it was not very uncommon to see a large number of Indian citizens dying in the ancient and medieval era and even the British data due to causes like epidemics. A good example was the Spanish flu almost killed fifteen million Indians during World War 1. There were deaths due to food shortages, the Bengal famine in the British days is a good example of that. And then there were wars. but today an Indian is more likely to die do you do are non-communicable diseases like hypertension our diabetes as compared to famine

But today an Indian is more likely to die; due to noncommunicable diseases like hypertension or diabetes as compared to famine, epidemic or wars. In 2012 Diabetes killed almost 3.5 million people. But wars accounted for only 115,000 people mostly in the Middle East and Africa. Crime and Violence accounted for 600,000 deaths.

 

What that means a lot of the things that we’ve learned in the past are not going to look for us today. Historically  India suffers from a lack of documentation which has been compounded by the destruction of our known libraries. In the 12th century the last of our great libraries Nalanda was destroyed  which resulted in the loss of nine million books including somebody critical medical textbooks so large that you’re dealing with today is new and that’s the reason why we constantly talk about the need for a new healthcare Morgan and Ken Morton that is based on democracy off data repetition owns his own data which allows citizens to access technology to manage their own head and brings in the hospitals and get providers only in cases of emergency focus on prevention

So the diseases we are dealing with today are new that’s the reason why we constantly talk about the need for a new healthcare model. A system that is based on democracy of clinical data. Imagine a system in which the patient owns his own data which allows the citizen to access technology to manage their own health.  The hospitals and get providers only in cases of emergency focus on prevention.

I am interviewing experts to understand how this system could work in India. If you have an opinion on data democracy and how it would work in India do let us know. We would love to feature you as well in the article.

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