Health Digital ID Card For All Citizens

Health Digital ID Card For All Citizens: Prime Minister Modi

New Delhi: The Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission has launched Pradhan Mantri Digital Health Mission (PMDHM) today, which includes a health ID for every citizen that will also work as their health account, to which personal health records can be linked and viewed with the help of a mobile application, a Healthcare Professionals Registry (HPR) and Healthcare Facilities Registries (HFR) that will act as a repository of all healthcare providers across both modern and traditional systems of medicine. The national digital health mission aims to promote Universal Health coverage. It will also enhance transparency in care delivery as well as access to information for all stakeholders, which in turn could help lower the cost to patients.

  • Unique health ID which is linked with the mobile and Aadhaar number – will help maintain a person’s health record. Ease of access can be viewed on the mobile app.
  • This health ID – unique 14-digit health identification. It will be issued for every citizen, containing their medical history. 
  • The health ID will enable access and exchange of longitudinal health records of citizens with their consent. It will contain details of every test, every disease, the doctors visited, the medicines are taken, and the diagnosis. This information will be very useful as it is portable and easily accessible.
  • Healthcare Professionals Registry (HPR): Repository of registered nurses, doctors, paramedics with their qualifications and experience.
  • Health Facility Registry (HFR): details on public and private health facilities across the nation
  • Personal Health Record Application

PMDHM is currently in its pilot stage in six Union Territories- Chandigarh, Dadra, Daman and Diu, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Ladakh and Puducherry

We welcome the announcement of the Pradhan Mantri Digital Health Mission (PMDHM). The scheme, which envisages providing a unique digital health ID to all people, with their health details, will revolutionize healthcare delivery in India. It will help offer focused treatment to patients, which in turn will bring down costs for them, while healthcare providers can draw satisfaction from better outcomes of treatment.

Dr. Gayatri Kamineni, Deputy Chief Operating Officer & Director, Kamineni Hospitals

Benefits to health infrastructure in the country:

  • Bring balance in accessibility to healthcare in both rural and urban areas, and
  • Working towards a holistic and inclusive health model. This model will promote shifting towards preventive healthcare, treatment in case of illness should be cheap, and accessible to all.
  • PM-DHM Sandbox: A framework for technology and product testing that will help organizations. This will also promote the industry as private players, intending to be a part of National Digital Health Ecosystem will become a Health Information Provider or Health Information User or efficiently link with building blocks of PM-DHM.
  • Reduce fraudulent/simplify of insurance claims
  • Benefit tourism and medical-tourism industry
  • This mission will create interoperability within the digital health ecosystem, similar to the role played by the Unified Payments Interface in revolutionising payments
  • This move will make the healthcare service delivery landscape more competitive, reliable and accessible

Benefits to Consumers:

  • Better accessibility to medical infrastructure and personnel.
  • All medical records stored in one secure place. Reduces the dependency on physical documentation as ID holders can also receive test reports, diagnosis and prescriptions digitally from verified and listed service providers.
  • Efficient healthcare services for the benefit of the citizens.
  • Expansion of tele consultancy – will connect people living in far-flung parts of the country every day with doctors of big hospitals of cities while sitting at home.
  •  Bring affordable healthcare from grassroots levels.

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