CITAPP Colloquium Series Talk by Divya Raj on ‘Digital Implementations for Public Health and Social Impact Interventions’

Date: 6/09/2023

About the Talk:

In this talk, Divya Raj spoke about several of the digital public health and social impact initiatives he has been associated with over the last 5 years covering Karnataka E-Manas, Jharkhand Migrants Helpdesk Platform, JIDHAN Covid Screening platform, Assisted Tele-medicine, National Tele-MANAS program and so on. While some of these were well-planned projects, few of these implementations had to be done under quite adverse conditions during the pandemic. He outlined the end to end lifecycle of these projects covering the driving factors for the initiatives, scope of work, approach and outcomes of these digital interventions. He shall be bringing out the challenges faced, gaps, learnings and possible improvement areas for programs of such nature. He shall also be discussing about the importance and relevance of educational programs like M.Sc. Digital Society towards adding value to such digital initiatives.

Speaker Bio:

Divya Raj has worked in the software industry for more than 2 decades and for the last 5 years he has been working as the Head of Programs with E-Health Research of IIIT-Bangalore. His focus area has been doing large and small digital implementations for public health and social impact initiatives under government and non-government sectors. He has been handling the deliveries of these technology programs and his interest includes leveraging the principles of design thinking, system thinking and societal thinking approaches for effective digital implementations while ensuring meeting of desired outcomes and easier adoption.

The talk was followed by a discussion and Q&A

CITAPP Colloquium is an effort for students and research staff and scholars working within the domain of IT and Society to present their ongoing work.

CITAPP at IIIT Bangalore is an interdisciplinary think-tank set-up to focus on the policy challenges and the organizational demands made by technological innovation. Of particular interest to the Centre is how technological advances, along with institutional changes that harness the legitimacy and the powers of bureaucracies and market, address the needs of underserved communities.