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Union Health Minister unveils National Digital Health Blueprint

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Dr Harsh Vardhan

In a bid to create a national repository of digital health records, the Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan recently released the National Digital Health Blueprint (NDHB) in the public domain. The Union Health Ministry has also invited suggestions from various stakeholders in the next three weeks on the same.

Underscoring the government’s commitment to ensure high-quality healthcare for all, the Minister said the NDHB focuses on providing an efficient and affordable health coverage through a wide-range of data and infrastructure services, leveraging open digital systems that will ensure security and privacy of personal information.

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He appealed to all the stakeholders to provide their valuable feedback and inputs to make this “digital revolution” more inclusive and collaborative.

“The digital health interventions are accelerating this transformation and have a huge potential for supporting universal health coverage (UHC). India has everything that can help it achieve health for all,” Vardhan said.

The National Digital Health Blueprint is in line with the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reach each individual of this country with services at their doorstep under the Digital India programme, he said.

Stressing on the integration of various digital health services, Vardhan said the need of the hour is to create an ecosystem which can integrate the existing health information systems and show a clear path for upcoming programmes for ensuring interoperability of Electronic Health Record (EHR).

“We have made a mark in history by launching Ayushman Bharat Yojana which is operational on a robust IT Platform. Other IT enabled schemes like Reproductive Child Healthcare, NIKSHAY etc are also benefitting the patients at right time with right service delivery,” he said.

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