Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the National Digital Health Mission today while addressing the state on the occasion of Independence Day from Delhi’s Red Fort.
Stating that the “completely technology-based” initiative would revolutionize the health sector, the Prime Minister said every Indian would get an ID card that might contain all relevant information about his/her medical conditions.
“Every Indian will get a Health ID card. whenever you visit a doctor or a pharmacy, everything is going to be logged during this health card in your profile on a national scale. From the doctor’s appointment to the medication advised, everything is going to be available in your health profile,” PM Modi said.
The National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) will come under the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY), and is predicted to significantly improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency of health services within the country.
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. T
Patients will give their doctor, or health provider one-time access to the present data (access will need to tend separately for every visit to make sure the info isn’t misused) whenever .
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.
Hygiene protocols in situ to minimize 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 affected by diseases and illnesses aside from COVID – while maintaining social distance.
This is PM Modi’s seventh consecutive Independence Day speech, and second since his BJP-led NDA swept to a second term in power in Lok Sabha elections last year.
Independence Day celebrations at Delhi’s Red Fort, and other areas around the country, are restricted insight of the COVID pandemic.