On the 74th Independence Day celebrations, Prime Minister Narinder Modi launched the National Digital Health Mission.
Under NDH mission, every Indian is to get a Health ID card. The Health ID card will contain all relevant information about the person’s past medical condition, treatment, diagnosis and Medicine under Ayushman Bharat. The mission is completely technology based.
The NDH mission focus to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and transparency of health care nationwide. It is to operate under Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana or Ayushman Bharat.
- The citizens holding the ID cards shall allow single time access to the doctors and health care providers during their visit to the hospitals and OPD.
- The permission to access confidential medical data is to be provided for every visit by the patient himself. By this, the privacy of the patient is maintained. The control of access to the digital records is completely in the hands of the patient. The doctors can access the medical record every time only at the presence of the patients.
- The National Digital Health Mission allows patients to access health services remotely. It also features Tele-consultation and E-Pharmacies.
Health ID card
The details of the prescription is to be logged in the health ID card provided under the scheme. It will also contain results of tests conducted, reports, advised medication, etc. The Health ID card is to hold information about every single test conducted, Medicines, Reports, diagnosis & treatment.
Ayushman Bharat Scheme
In 2018, PM Modi was launched nationwide Ayushman Bharat Yojana to address health issues at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. There are two main components of the scheme. They are Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana that was called the National Health Protection Scheme earlier and Health and Wellness Centres.
It is the largest Govt of India funded health care programme in the world. It is also called Modicare.
It is important for Indian Govt to provide so much importance to the health sector for the following reasons
- Around 86 per cent of rural households do not have access to health care insurance under Ayushman Bharat Yojana.
- Around 17 per cent of the India’s population are spending one-tenth of their household budget in availing health services.
- Only 19 per cent of urban and 24 per cent of rural households meet their health care financial needs.