Indian government to bring revolutionary changes in health sector. PM announces “Health ID For Each Indian”
New Delhi: The Indian Prime MinisterNarendra Modi launched the National Digital Health Mission on the occasion of India’s 74th Independence Day.
PM specified that each Indian will receive an ID card containing all relevant details about his / her medical condition. Such as prescriptions, diagnostic reports and discharge summaries.
The card can be used to access health services and medicines.
PM stated that the “completely technology-based” initiative will be a new revolution in Indian health sector.
“Every Indian will get a Health ID card. Every time you visit a doctor or a pharmacy, everything will be logged in this card. From the doctor’s appointment to the medication, everything will be available in your health profile,” he said.
He added that the National Digital Health Mission (NDHM), which comes under the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY), will boost the country’s health services quality, effectiveness and accountability.
The government said doctors could access patients’ data only for a limited time. This decision is taken over the concern of confidentiality.
The NDHM will also provide patients with direct access to health services through tele-consultation and e-pharmacies.
The emphasis on telemedicine and the digital delivery of health services comes in the midst of the extreme impact of Covid-19, PM said.
The nation remains the third worst covid affected country with more than 29 million cases of covid, and nearly 55,000 died.
During his speech, Prime Minister said that three coronavirus vaccines were at various stages of trials. He also paid tribute to medical workers who have worked tirelessly to serve the nation from the epidemic.