Centre plans to launch digital delivery of healthcare services

The Centre is likely to launch the digital delivery of healthcare services together with private sector stakeholders within the next 1 to 2 years with pilot programs underway in as many as six Union Territories, a top government official said. 
 
"We are having a registry of healthcare providers, hospitals and laboratories, and together with them, we can develop a platform for health services delivery," Ram Sewak Sharma, CEO of National Health Authority told ET.
 
On August 15, 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) to bring "revolution" in the healthcare sector, adding that one health ID would contain medical information of patients. 
 
The IT-focused national program has a capacity to conduct 500,000 consultations every day, and has already created nearly 200,000 unique IDs for pilots in Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Andaman & Nicobar, Ladakh, Chandigarh, Puducherry and Lakshadweep. 
 
"We'll do a lot of evangelising," Sharma said, adding that the artefacts or electronic products such as Aadhaar, e-KYC, digital signatures and digital lockers together with payment gateway like Unified Payments Interface (UPI) could help in creating digital medical records. 
 
The National Health Authority or NHA which is the implementing agency of the national health mission and prestigious Ayushman Bharat Yojna, said that the technology-backed intervention would boost vaccination initiative, and could effectively check a gap between demand and supply. 
 
Sharma further said that a robust and scalable ICT system would establish eligibility, identity and priority to ensure safe dosage administration to eligible persons. 
 
The agency's CoWIN app operates and manages the nationwide Covid vaccination program with registrations for the third phase for those above 18 years of age, opening up from April 28.
 

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