Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 27 September 2021 launched the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission.
The launching of this initiative throughout the nation coincides with the National Health Authority (NHA) celebrating the third anniversary of the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY).
- The initiative aims to bring about a revolutionary change in India’s health facilities, improve ease of living, and digitally protect the health records of people.
- It involves creation of not just a unique health ID for every citizen, but also creation of digital healthcare professionals and facilities registry.
- Based on the foundations laid down in the form of Jan Dhan, Aadhaar and Mobile (JAM) trinity and other digital initiatives of the government, Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission will create a seamless online platform that will enable interoperability within the digital health ecosystem, similar to the role played by the Unified Payments Interface in revolutionizing payments.
- This digital infrastructure is bringing everything from ration to administration (Ration to Prashasan) to the common Indian in a fast and transparent manner.
- This initiative will enable individuals to discover hospitals, laboratories and pharmacies across the country.
- The health record of every citizen will also be “digitally protected”.
- The initiative is designed to benefit the poor and middle class, specifically in finding the right doctor and a hospital.
Key Components of Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission:
The key components of the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission include
- 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 Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission Sandbox, created as a part of the mission, will act as a framework for technology and product testing that will help organisations, including private players, intending to be a part of the National Digital Health Ecosystem become a health information provider or a health information user or efficiently link with building blocks of Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission
- The pilot project of the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission was announced by the prime minister from the ramparts of the Red Fort on August 15, 2020.
- Currently, Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission is being implemented in a pilot phase in six union territories.