The Modi government will soon roll out Unified Health Interface (UHI) – an open and interoperable IT network for digital health. This interface shall enable public and private solutions and apps to plug in and be a part of the National Digital Health Ecosystem. This was decided after a high-level meeting to review the progress of the National Digital Health Mission was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today.
It will allow users to search, book and avail necessary healthcare services such as teleconsultation or laboratory tests. The system will ensure that only verified healthcare providers join the ecosystem. This is likely to unleash a digital health tech revolution with innovations and various services for citizens. In such a manner, healthcare infrastructure and human resources can also be utilised in a more efficient manner across the nation.
The concept of the UPI e-Voucher developed by National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI) was also discussed. This digital payment option will enable financial transactions linked to a specific purpose which can be used only by the intended user. It can be useful for targeted and efficient delivery of various government schemes and immediate use cases of UPI e-Voucher could be healthcare services.
The PM directed that steps be expedited to expand operations under National Digital Health Mission (NDHM). PM said that NDHM will bring ease of living for citizens to avail a large number of health services. He observed that though the technical platform and building up of registries are inevitable essential elements, the utility of the platform to the citizens will be visible only by way of enabling citizens across the country to avail of services like teleconsultation with a doctor, availing services of a lab, transferring test reports or health records digitally to the doctor and paying digitally for any of the above services. He directed the NHA along with the health ministry and the electronics & IT ministry to coordinate efforts in this direction
Prime Minister had launched NDHM on 15 August 2020 during his Independence Day address. Since then, the digital modules and registries have been developed and the mission has been rolled out in six union territories. So far, nearly 11.9 lakh Health IDs have been generated and 3106 doctors and 1490 facilities have registered on the platform, according to a press statement of the Prime Minister’s Office.