In a significant development in the health sector, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya emphasized the transformative impact of digital technology on healthcare delivery. Speaking on Sunday, he highlighted the crucial role that digital technology has played, especially during the COVID-19 crisis. “Digital technology has become a cornerstone in healthcare,” said Mandaviya, as he shared how it facilitated 10-15 lakh teleconsultations daily during the pandemic, allowing people to consult specialist doctors without leaving their homes.
Mandaviya underscored the shift from traditional paper certificates to the use of the CoWIN app during the pandemic, enabling individuals to access vaccination certificates on their mobile phones. He also discussed the National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) and the launch of the Ayushman Bharat Health Account (ABHA), enabled by digital technology.
“With the Digital Health Mission, we are introducing the ABHA account, which will serve as a repository of individuals’ health records, easily accessible to them,” Mandaviya explained. This move positions India as a global leader in digital health initiatives, earning recognition during the G20 meetings.
The digital health records stored in ABHA will empower individuals to access paperless health services across the ABDM network. The pandemic has accentuated the significance of digital technology in healthcare, demonstrating its potential to fortify health systems, prevent diseases, and enhance service delivery on a global, national, and sub-national scale.