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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 146-151

Utilizing digital technology in the public health system during an epidemic

1 Rtd Additional Chief Secretary to Government of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India
2 Assistant Professor, Gujarat Technological University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Correspondence Address:
Mr. Poonamchand Parmar
Research Scholar, Rtd Additional Chief Secretary to Government of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, Gujarat

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jdmimsu.jdmimsu_76_21

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The people-centric public health measures and an integrated model of health service delivery can be obtained through the efficient utilization of digital technologies during the epidemics. The classical epidemic control measures like contact tracing, social distancing, and quarantine should be supported by the efficient analytical digital tools. This paper aims to explore the feasibility of digital interventions during a pandemic situation such as COVID-19 to enhance monitoring, surveillance, detection, and prevention of the spread of disease, along with to mitigate the impact on health services. The accessible health services can be ensured with the effective use of digital tools; web-based and cloud-based services, Internet of things, smartphones mHealth, data analytics, etc., to support an emergency public health response, real-time tracking, data monitoring, virtual clinics, and telemedicine/teleconsultation during a disease outbreak. Digital technologies to advance the management of public health services and to balance between data privacy and of public health measures should be considered for the effective management of an epidemic.

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