Distinguished Lecture Series - "Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission” by Shri Ram Sevak Sharma, IAS

IIM Visakhapatnam organized a talk by Dr RS Sharma under the umbrella of its Distinguished Lecture series as part of the PGPDGM Program. Dr RS Sharma took the participants through the set of serendipitously developed digital solutions under the Digital India initiative. His talk focused on the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM) which is one among the various horizontal digital public goods being developed by the GoI. The focus of ABDM is to leverage ICTs to provide better health service to citizens while ensuring quality, affordability, and accessibility. He stressed on the importance of good architecture for software and systems being developed for public good which ensures interoperability across systems. When developing digital solutions for citizens, he emphasised on the need of leaving innovation and agility to the private sector, while governments focussing on architectures, frameworks, and scaling of solutions given their experience on those dimensions. Explaining the benefits of protocol-based or network-based solutions, he explained why it is important to move away from platform-based models which are often leading to monopolies. The session ended with very interesting Q&A session.