On the lines of its flagship programmes National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) which were meant to boost delivery of healthcare services in rural areas, the Government is all set to launch National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) soon. The move is aimed to leverage technology to enable accessible and affordable care to masses.
As per a Hindustan Times report, NDHM is a part of the Government’s National Digital Health Blueprint which have several proposal including unique Health ID to citizens of the country. These Aadhar Card like Health ID would help doctors to easily access their health records.
Talking about the development, a senior health ministry official, on condition of anonymity, was quoted by the report as saying, “The National Health Policy (NHP) 2017 lays significant emphasis on leveraging digital technologies for enhancing the efficiency effectiveness of all healthcare delivery services, and the digital blueprint is a step toward making it happen. The modifications have been made over the previous draft based on the comments we received, and the final version is up in public domain.”
Currently, the NHP draft encompasses objectives such as creating a system of electronic health records based on international standards and making it easily available to both citizens and service providers, developing multiple digital health systems spanning across sectors from wellness to disease management, promoting health data analytics and medical research, among others.
“While maintaining a health record database is integral to the initiative what is more important is to ensure privacy, security and confidentiality of the data that has been generated in the process. Also, it will help merge everything as right now people are working in silos that would change,” the official added.