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Digital health is well-positioned in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) to revolutionize health care due, in part, to increasing mobile phone access and internet connectivity. Its positive outcomes are already acknowledged by high-income countries, where education ministries are typically involved in cultivating comprehensive Digital Health Services. Low-income countries remain hesitant to implement, due to various constraints. In Pakistan, Digital health is at a nascent stage, which has been introduced and restructured by the current government through online vaccine registration, drive-through vaccination, and Naya Pakistan National Health Card. Prime Minister Imran Khan directed the implementation of measures regarding the ongoing health-related projects on a priority basis to facilitate the common man. He expressed satisfaction that the Naya Pakistan National Health Card is the largest health sector program in the history of the country. Poor and the middle class will be the biggest beneficiaries of health care, a large number of people in Punjab and KP are benefiting from free healthcare facilities. The government will ensure the capacity-building of the nursing sector through training of international standards.  Due to the effective measures taken by the government, the rate of general vaccination of citizens has increased from 66 to 76 percent.  Also in Punjab, the rate of general vaccination had touched over 91 percent, which was being recognized internationally. Digital health has a promising future in Pakistan, it is still in its infancy at the time. However, due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, there is an increase in demand for digital health and implementation of health outcomes following global social distancing protocols, especially in LMICs. Hence, there is a need for active involvement by public and private organizations to regulate, mobilize, and expand the digital health sector for the improvement of the health care system in the country.

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