DIGITAL HEALTH MISSION: PM rolls out health ID scheme for nation; launched in 6 Union Territories


NEW DELHI: The National Digital Health Mission, announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, has been introduced within a matter of hours in six Union Territories, on an experimental basis. The UTs are Chandigarh, Ladakh, Dadra Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Puducherry, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and Lakshadweep. The mission will be extended to other parts of the country in due course.

The scheme announced on Independence Day, will provide every Indian with a health ID, which will electronically store the individual’s medical records. One need not carry his medical records to a doctor, and the doctor will have all the details online. The idea is also ensure doctors do not prescribe unwanted tests and recommend unnecessary medicines. Everything will be on record, and online.

The Mission, the PM said, will help reduce problems in getting treatment in various health facilities, and herald a new revolution in the sector.

“From today, a big campaign is being launched in which technology will play a big role. The National Digital Health Mission is being launched. This will bring a new revolution in India’’s health sector and it will help reduce problems in getting treatment with the help of technology,” the PM said.

The initiative is part of the PM’s Ayushman Bharat scheme. The mission will be spearheaded by the National Health Authority—which is overseeing the Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana, which gives insurance coverage of up to Rs 5 lakh by way of hospitalization charges to large numbers of people across the country. IHN-NN


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