Press Release | A peek into the realities of Covid-19 Tech Tools for Public Health: Making a stronger case for responsible tech
A rapid review of the different tech tools being deployed to support the public health response to the COVID-19 crisis in India
August 26th, 2020, Goa, India
Tandem Research, a leading technology and society think tank in India, released a report last week, titled Covid-19 Tech Tools for Public Health. The report assesses the numerous technological tools deployed in India to support the public health response to Covid-19 in India. The report is particularly significant in light of the recent move to introduce the unique health ID, as it aims to use technology to streamline healthcare services.
Through a review of the tools, it finds that a number of the technological tools currently being deployed, do not have adequate legal frameworks, nor are they inclusive. Many tools operate with no accountability and transparency processes in place.
In the wake of Covid-19, the report uses these prevalent problems identified through its assessment of the tools, to develop a framework for responsible tech adoption that demonstrates the need to rethink this purely technological approach through the lens of access, efficacy, misuse and privacy.
The report is based on a tracker on tech tools for public health maintained by Tandem Research since May 2020.