India, Sweden to launch healthcare platform

India and Sweden announced plans to collaborate on the launch of a health platform focused around affordability and accessibility of digital healthcare innovations

December 3, 2019

The platform will provide tech solutions to enable doctor-patient connectivity, help improve support on diagnoses and medical prescriptions

The service is being set up through a three-way collaboration between the Swedish trade commissioner’s office, AIIMS, and AIIMS Jodhpur

The Year 2019 marks 10 years of health cooperation between India and Sweden, based on an existing agreement in health and public health

The collaboration will also feature knowledge partners, such as AstraZeneca and NASSCOM, offering their expertise on healthcare, technology

India and Sweden have decided to jointly launch a health platform focused on improving the affordability and accessibility of digital healthcare innovations. The announcement was made at the India-Sweden business summit on December 3, in commemoration of the 10 years of health cooperation between the two countries, according to a Ministry of Health and Family Welfare statement. It marks the first-ever dialogue between India and Sweden on innovation-led development and collaboration in the health sector.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, presiding over the signing of the memorandum of Intent for the India Sweden Healthcare Innovation Centre, described the relationship as one of the most active and successful bilateral MoUs signed by India in the health sector. He explained how the MoU will prioritise the creation of public and private sector partnerships, and facilitate significant collaboration opportunities for further research and development. 

President and chief operating officer, Ylva Berg, described the platform as being focused on creating technological solutions for doctor-patient connectivity. She expressed her confidence in the platform providing individuals with medical support, from diagnosis to prescription requirements, and encouraging further innovation regarding the growth and scaling up of the sector.

Signed under the India Sweden Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in health and public health, the health platform is a collaboration between the Swedish trade commissioner’s office, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), and AIIMS, Jodhpur. The collaboration will also feature knowledge partners, such as AstraZeneca and NASSCOM, offering their expertise in healthcare, technology, and establishing similar platforms around the world. 

Through innovations like the platform, the event touched upon themes of facilitating ‘health for all’ with a focus on scaling solutions to reach every individual in need. These solutions will play a vital role in attracting private and public sector investments, and contributing to ‘Digital India.’

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