The National Health Authority (NHA), a responsible agency for designing, building and implementing the National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) across the country, has announced that over one lakh health IDs have been created under the initiative.
As per the official data, 1,08,226 unique health IDs have been created in the countr—highest in Chandigarh (64,446) followed by Dadra & Nagar Haveli (25,745), Ladakh (5647), Andaman & Nicobar (3447), Puducherry (2594), Lakshadweep (242) and 6015 health IDs in various other states.
The NDHM, another flagship scheme like Ayushman Bharat comprises six components– health ID, digi doctor, health facility registry, personal health records, e-pharmacy and elemedicine.
The objective of the initiative is to create robust digital infra to make healthcare delivery system more accessible. NDHM was initially launched across six States and Union Territories on a pilot basis on August 15.
“Health ID will be the key to your digital health journey. Led by highest standards of security and privacy by design, it will enable inclusive access to all health services. By creating a unique ID for every user, it minimises misidentification by mapping of user consent to medical data,” Dr Indu Bhushan, Chief Executive Officer, NHA, was quoted as saying by MINT report.
Health ID creation is a free of cost, voluntary and consent-based procedure which helps people to keep track of their health data. It can be shared with verified doctors with their consent only.