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Digital ID to bring health records to the fingertip of every citizen

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on September 27, 2021

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission virtually on Monday   -  PTI

PM Modi launches Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission

Indians are now only a click away from accessing healthcare facilities. The Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM), launched on Monday by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will provide every Indian a digital health ID.

Also, the scheme will help connect digital health solutions across the country. “Every citizen’s health record will be digitally secure,” said Modi, launching the Mission through video conferencing.

Modern health facilities

The ABDM scheme will connect the digital health solutions of hospitals, which will not only simplify the processes but also improve ease of living, he said.

At the launch, Modi highlighted the ‘unprecedented reforms’ in health education and said medical manpower, including doctors, is being created now than ever before. “A comprehensive network of All India Institutes of Medical Science (AIIMS) and modern health institutions is being established and work is on to establish one medical college in every three Lok Sabha constituencies,” he said.

Modi also spoke of boosting healthcare facilities in villages and said the primary health centre network and wellness centres are being strengthened. More than 80,000 such centres have already been operationalised.

Digital explosion

More than 2 crore citizens have got free treatment under the Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) scheme, half of which are women, he said.

“With 130 crore Aadhaar numbers, 118 crore mobile subscribers, about 80 crore internet users, some 43 crore Jan Dhan bank accounts, there is no such big connected infrastructure anywhere in the world. This digital infrastructure is bringing everything, from ration supplies to administration to the common Indian quickly and transparently. The technology use in governance reforms today is unprecedented,” Modi said.

The Health ID will be created by using a person’s basic details and mobile number or Aadhaar number. The personal health records can be linked and viewed with the help of a mobile application, a Healthcare Professionals Registry (HPR), and a Healthcare Facilities Registry (HFR).

The key components of the PM-DHM include a Health ID — unique 14-digit health identification number — for every citizen that will also work as their health account. The health ID will enable access and exchange of health records of citizens with their consent.

Published on September 27, 2021

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