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Saturday, 15 August 2020

National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) - Single Unique Health ID Card to each Indian

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced to start National Digital Health Mission on 15 August 2020. On the eve of India's 74th Independence Day, PM Modi said that NDHM will revolutionize the country's health sector. As we have wrote an article earlier about the likely launch of One Nation One Health Card Scheme, this article is also about that particular scheme with other name. People will have to fill the National Digital Health Card application / registration form as a part of the apply online process. It will come under the ambit of the central govt's flagship Ayushman Bharat-PM Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) scheme. But the complete details regarding the apply online process would be available at a later stage.

It was already expected that central govt. will start such a scheme and now PM has confirmed it with NDMH name from the Red Fort in Delhi. In the National Digital Health Mission, every Indian will get a unique health identity card.  This launch of a new health scheme comes when the country is battling the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Health ID pilot programme will be launched in union territories namely Puducherry, Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Ladakh, Daman and Diu, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep. 
PM Narendra Modi also paid tribute to the country's corona warriors in his speech. It includes doctors, nurses, paramedical staff and sanitation workers who have been "relentlessly" fighting Covid-19 on the front lines.

National Digital Health Mission 2020 - Health ID Card to Indian Citizens 

The central govt. has launched National Digital Health Mission 2020 on the 74th Independence Day. In this National Digital Health Card Scheme, hospitals, clinics and doctors will all be linked to a central server. It is likely that hospitals and citizens can choose whether they want to opt for this scheme or not. 

In the National Digital Health Mission, govt. will keep health records of every citizen of the country in digital format. The medical history records of people will include all treatments and tests that the person has undergone in any hospital or clinic. Doctors can use this detailed information about the health of the people which is digitally saved in this single Unique Health ID Card.

PM Modi's Speech on National Digital Health Mission (NDHM)

While making announcement for National Digital Health Mission (NDHM), PM also underlines various achievements in health sector. He said that "India is in the development phase of 3 vaccines for COVID-19, which are all in various stages of trials." He mentioned that large-scale production of the shots would begin after scientists give the go-ahead. "Our roadmap to bring the coronavirus vaccine to all Indians in the shortest possible time is ready… Today, three vaccines are in testing stages in India. As soon as scientists give a green signal, the country will begin large scale production."

PM Modi assured that with the resolve of India's 130 crore citizens, the country would achieve victory over the Covid-19 pandemic. During his speech, PM Modi also reiterated the importance to make India self-reliant, saying Atmanirbhar Bharat is not just a word but should be a "mantra" for the people.

This year due to coronavirus restrictions, safety protocols were in place for the Independence Day ceremony at the Red Fort. There were strict enforcement of social distancing and wearing masks in the Lal Qila area. The event was attended by over 4,000 people, including diplomats, officials and media personnel.

National Digital Health ID Card Apply Online Form 

Just like health schemes which provides a unique ID card in several states, a new and unique National Digital Health ID card valid across the country would be issued to every citizen. On filling and submitting the National Digital Health Mission online application / registration form, a unique health ID will be issued to every citizen. 

It is important to note that only those people who choose to be a part of this mission and completes apply online process will get this National Health Card. Through this health card only, an applicant would be able to log in to the system and save their treatment, diagnostic and prescription records.

A central database will be made and kept to remain available for doctors to ensure that doctors can check the complete history of the patient. As soon as apply online process for One Nation One Health Card Scheme will begin, we will update it here.

Advantages of National Digital Health ID Card

The major advantage of unique National Digital Health Card is that any person who visits a doctor or a hospital in India won't have to take all his/her prescriptions or reports together. Doctor would be able to check the patient's records through a unique National Digital Health ID Card. 

The complete health details of the applicants would already be stored in the database which can be accessed through Health Identity Card. National Digital Health ID Card would be made on the lines of Aadhar Card. Through this Single Unique Health ID Card to each Indian citizen, an attempt is being made by Modi govt. to change the health scenario of the entire country.

Coverage of National Digital Health Mission

Initially, the National Digital Health Mission will be started in some states. NDHM would be implemented in a phase wise manner. The scope of the National Digital Health ID Card will be gradually extended in upcoming phases. Subsequently, not only clinics and hospitals but also medical stores and medical insurance companies will remain connected on the server.

Privacy Concern in Single Unique Health ID Card

The central govt. will take the responsibility of the privacy concern in the single unique health ID card. The privacy of health information of Indian citizens will not be compromised and govt. will keep it safe. No company or any other entity would be allowed to use private health information of people without their consent. It is assured that the central govt. will take full measures to keep people's personal information secure. A doctor or a hospital will only be allowed to access a person's records when the person himself consents to provide permission for the same.

6 Building Blocks in National Digital Health Mission

There are 6 key building blocks in National Digital Health Mission which are as follows:-
  • Health ID
  • Digi-Doctor
  • Health Facility Registry
  • Personal Health Records
  • e-Pharmacy
  • Tele-medicine
It would enable access to timely, safe and affordable healthcare through a citizen-centric approach. All these digital products, except e-Pharmacy and Telemedicine are alredyup and running.

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