Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission on Monday. People will be given a unique digital health ID that will contain all of their health records under this programme. On August 15, 2020, the prime minister announced the National Digital Health Mission’s pilot project from the Red Fort’s ramparts.
Today is a momentous day. The country’s drive to improve its health facilities, which has been ongoing for the past seven years, is entering a new phase. This isn’t our typical phase. Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised the country’s digital activities, saying, “This is an extraordinary phase.”
PM Modi also complimented the CoWIN platform, the government’s centralized digital service provider and record-keeper for COVID-19 vaccination appointments and certificates, saying that “no system is a big” from registration to certification. Since the immunization effort began in January, India has administered over 86 crore vaccine doses, with the CoWIN platform playing a “significant role,” according to the Prime Minister.
Currently, six Union Territories are participating in the project’s experimental phase. The project’s nationwide deployment coincides with the National Health Authority’s (NHA) third anniversary of the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY) release. According to a press statement from the PMO, the mission will allow residents to access and exchange longitudinal health records with their agreement.
A health ID for each citizen will also serve as their health account, to which personal health records can be linked and viewed using a mobile application. A Healthcare Professionals Registry (HPR) and Healthcare Facilities Registries (HFR) will serve as a repository for all healthcare providers across modern and traditional systems.
According to the statement, this will make it easier for doctors, hospitals, and healthcare service companies to do business. According to the PMO, this aim will create interoperability throughout the digital health ecosystem, similar to how the Unified Payments Interface revolutionized payments. Citizens will be able to access healthcare services with just a few clicks, according to the report.