Satchit Balsari is a practicing physician and fellow at the FXB Center for Human Rights at Harvard.
Mushfiq Mobarak, Maha Rehman, Satchit Balsari write: We need to come together to solve problems that affect us all. Let the lasting legacy of this pandemic be a new era of partnership in social innovations that can benefit all South Asians.
The years that follow will tell us how we got to this stage. For now, we need to fight the pandemic with commitment to science: masks with clever designs, scientifically sound treatment, and vaccination.
The years of post-mortem that follow will dissect how we arrived here. But for now, the path out of the current inferno requires unwavering commitment to science, and perhaps tremendous rectitude. Let us examine what we can do in the coming months.
It is incumbent upon healthcare providers who have borne witness to the societal fissures that determined who lived and who died, to help rebuild and reimagine. They ought not to retreat to the wings.
Portability of medical records will pose challenges, require answering concerns of doctors and patients, and won’t happen overnight. But it has potential to advance medicine and health for all.
The proposed National e-Health Authority, which will oversee digitisation of health information, could launch a digital health revolution in India. But safeguards need to be in place to protect patients’ privacy.