In a historic initiative, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission to provide a digital Health ID to people which will contain their health records. The Prime Minister said Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission, will now connect the digital health solutions of hospitals across the country with each other. The Mission will not only make the processes of hospitals simplified but also will increase ease of living, he added. Under this, every citizen will now get a digital health ID and their health record will be digitally protected.
What are digital health IDs?
It is a unique 14-digit health identification number to be created using a person’s mobile number or Aadhaar. The digital health ID will allow users, hospitals and companies to access health records digitally. This health account will contain details of every test, every disease, the doctors visited, the medicines taken and the diagnosis. This information will be very useful as it is portable and easily accessible even if the patient shifts to a new place and visits a new doctor.
How will the digital health ID be created?
The Health ID is created by using a person’s basic details and mobile number or Aadhaar number. 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). This will ensure ease of doing business for doctors/hospitals and healthcare service providers
Price of digital health ID cards
Health ID under NDHM is free of cost and voluntary.
How can you request the creation of a health ID?
A citizen can create a health ID by participating in a health facility that involves both government or private hospitals, community health centres, and government wellness centres available across India.
Documents required to register for the health ID
At present, ABDM supports the forming of health IDs through Aadhaar or mobile phones. Further, it will support PAN and driving licenses to create the health ID in the future.
The individual for the creation of the health ID needs to share the name, year of birth, gender, address, mobile number/ Aadhaar.
You can also provide your mobile number for registration if you don’t provide your Aadhaar details.
Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has hailed India’s digital health ID system, saying it will help ensure equitable, accessible healthcare delivery and accelerate progress on India’s health goals.
“Congratulations @narendramodi on the national launch of Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission. This digital health infrastructure will help ensure equitable, accessible healthcare delivery and accelerate progress on India’s health goals,” he posted on Twitter.