One the occasion of India’s 74th Independence Day, PM Modi launched the National Digital Health Mission today
Modi addressed the nation from Delhi’s Red Fort.
This mission would be “completely technolgy-based” initiative would revolutionise the health sector, the PM explained that every Indian would get an ID card that would contain all relevant information about his medical conditions.
“From today a replacement campaign goes to start out within the country. it’s the National Digital Health Mission, which can bring a replacement revolution within the health sector in India,” the Prime Minister said.
“Every Indian will get a Health ID card. whenever you visit a doctor or a pharmacy, everything are going to be logged during this card. From the doctor’s appointment to the medication, everything are going to be available in your health profile,” he added.
The National Digital Health Mission (NDHM), which comes under the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY), is predicted to enhance the efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency of health services within the country, the govt has said.
Under the scheme each patient are going to be given an ID card on which confidential medical data, like prescriptions, diagnostic reports and discharge summaries, are going to be stored.
Patients will give their doctors, or health providers, one-time access to the present data during visits to the hospital or for consultation. Amid fears over data confidentiality, the govt said access to medical data will need to tend separately for every visit which doctors could only access it for a limited time.
The NDHM also will allow patients to access health services remotely – through tele-consultation and e-pharmacies, also as offer other health-related benefits.
The focus on tele-medicine and offering health services digitally comes amid a coronavirus pandemic that has infected nearly 25 lakh people, of whom over 48,000 have died. Over 65,000 new cases were recorded over the past 24 hours, the govt said this morning.
Hygiene protocols in situ to minimise the spread of the highly infectious COVID-19 virus include maintaining a minimum of six-feet from one another . This places added emphasis on the necessity to be ready to provide health services, particularly for patients of diseases aside from Covid – while maintaining distance.