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The Role of Digital Identification for Healthcare

– World Bank

This paper - authored by the ID4D initiative - brings together examples of how foundational identification is used in healthcare systems around the world

Created by the World Bank’s Identification for Development (ID4D), this document outlines how foundational identification is a critical input to healthcare, using case study examples in Botswana, Estonia, India, Korea, and Thailand.

The benefits identified include better patient management and treatment, improved data collection for planning and research, superior health insurance and benefits programmes, and increased ability to reinforce ID and CR systems.

In its concluding remarks, three key considerations are outlined: 1) robustness and coverage, 2) data privacy and protection, 3) system design. ID40 also states: “By adopting a unique digital ID for patient identification and authentication, countries can improve the quality of care and user convenience, improve coverage and eliminate fraud in insurance, reduce administrative inefficiency, and create the infrastructure for data generation and collection.”

We hope that this initial effort at framing the utility of foundational identification for healthcare and providing early lessons and key considerations will help guide future work in this area by practitioners, donors, and researchers

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