In the light of Coronavirus infecting nearly 2 lakh people in India and there is no clear remedy in the sight so far, the government is gearing up for the implementation of the National Digital Health Blueprint that seeks to create a single repository of medical records of all citizens.
As per a MINT report, a meeting held on Wednesday in this regard where the Standing Finance Committee of the government given go-ahead to the blueprint.
On May 17, the Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, announced a slew of measures to reform the Indian healthcare sector including implementation of a National Digital Health Mission (NDHM).
The ongoing Corona pandemic which has killed more than 5,000 people in India, has brought the issue to the fore as healthcare data play a pivotal role to identify risk disease and plan advance treatment strategy to ensure safety of people at large.
“The work on the project has already started. We have forwarded a proposal to the finance ministry. We are also working on the sanctioning of posts. This will be a population registry that will have a long-term positive impact on the healthcare ecosystem in India. We are working as per the vision of the finance minister to create a digital health ecosystem,” Preeti Sudan, secretary, union ministry of health, was quoted as saying by the report.
The National Digital Health Blueprint was prepared by a health ministry panel with an objective to create a framework for the national health stack proposed in 2018 by the NITI Aayog, the report said.