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“Health ID For Every India”: PM Launches National Digital Health Mission

“From today a new campaign is going to start in the country. It is the National Digital Health Mission, which will bring a new revolution in the health sector in India,” PM Modi said.

New Delhi| Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing the nation from Delhi’s iconic Red Fort on the occasion of India’s 74th Independence Day,  launched the National Digital Health Mission today.

Stressing that “completely technology-based” initiative would revolutionise the health sector, the Prime Minister said that every Indian would get an ID card that would contain all relevant information about his/her medical conditions. He also said that this card could be used to access health services and medicines.

“From today a new campaign is going to start in the country. It is the National Digital Health Mission, which will bring a new revolution in the health sector in India,” PM Modi said.

“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,” the Prime Minister added.

The government has said that the National Digital Health Mission (NDHM), which comes under the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY), is expected to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency of health services in the country.

As per this scheme, each patient will be given an ID card on which confidential medical data, such as prescriptions, diagnostic reports and discharge summaries will be available.

Doctors or health providers will get one-time access to this data, during visits to the hospital or for consultation. The government, amid fears over confidentiality, said access to medical data will have to be given separately for each visit and that doctors could only access it for a limited time.

Amid coronavirus pandemic, PM Modi also paid tributes to the health workers during his speech.

“On behalf of the entire nation, I want to thank the efforts of all corona-warriors. All those healthcare workers, doctors and nurses, who have worked tirelessly to serve the nation,” PM Modi said.

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