Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday launched the Pradhan Mantri Digital Health Mission (PM-DHM). Under this scheme, every citizen will now have a separate health ID.
Launching the mission, Modi said, "The drive to strengthen the health facilities of the country, in the last 7 years, is entering a new phase today. This is not an ordinary phase. This is an extraordinary phase."
On August 15, the Prime Minister had announced this mission from the ramparts of the Red Fort.
Currently, over one lakh unique health IDs have been created under the National Digital Health Mission (NDHM), which was initially launched across six states and Union territories on a pilot basis on August 15.
Let's check out the key points that you should know about the Digital Health Card:
- Based on the foundations laid down in the form of Jan Dhan, Aadhaar and Mobile (JAM) trinity, and other digital initiatives of the government, PM-DHM will create a seamless online platform through the provision of a wide range of data, information, and infrastructure services, duly leveraging open, interoperable, standards-based digital systems while ensuring the security, confidentiality, and privacy of health-related personal information.
- The key components of this mission include a health ID - unique 14 digit health identification - for every citizen that will also work as their health account. The national Health ID will be a repository of all health-related information of a person. The health ID will enable access and exchange of longitudinal health records of citizens with their consent.
- The health account will hold details of every test, every disease, doctor visitation records, medicines taken and the diagnosis.
- The health ID will be created using a person's basic information like a mobile number or Aadhar card. You can view personal health records that will be linked with the help of a mobile application, a Healthcare Professionals Registry (HPR), and Healthcare Facilities Registries (HFR).
- The health ID is free of cost and voluntary.