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Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission

Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission

Context:

  • PM to launch Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission on 27th September.

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Key Details:

  • The pilot project of Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission was announced by the Prime Minister from the ramparts of Red Fort on 15th August, 2020.

  • Initially, this project was being implemented in pilot phase in six Union Territories.

  • The nation-wide rollout of Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission coincides with NHA celebrating the third anniversary of Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY).

About Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission

  • Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission 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 Mission will enable access and exchange of longitudinal health records of citizens with their consent.

Key components of Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission

  • It includes a health ID for every citizen that will also work as their health account, to which personal health records can be linked and viewed with the help of a mobile application;

  • Healthcare Professionals Registry (HPR); and

  • Healthcare Facilities Registries (HFR) that will act as a repository of all healthcare providers across both modern and traditional systems of medicine.

Significance:

  • This will ensure ease of doing business for doctors/hospitals and healthcare service providers.

  • Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission Sandbox, created as a part of the Mission, will act as a framework for technology and product testing.

    • It will help organizations, including private players, intending to be a part of National Digital Health Ecosystem become a Health Information Provider or Health Information User or efficiently link with building blocks of Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission.

  • This Mission will create interoperability within the digital health ecosystem, similar to the role played by the Unified Payments Interface in revolutionizing payments.

  • Citizens will only be a click-away from accessing healthcare facilities.

Ayushman Bharat Programme

  1. The Ayushman Bharat programme was launched in 2018 to address health issues at all levels – primary, secondary, and tertiary. It has two components:

    • Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY), earlier known as the National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS)

    • Health and Wellness Centres (HWCs)

  2. Ayushman Bharat is an integrated approach comprising health insurance and primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare.

  3. The HWCs are aimed at improving access to cheap and quality healthcare services at the primary level.

  4. PM-JAY will cover the financial protection for availing healthcare services at the secondary and tertiary levels.

  5. Ayushman Bharat is the largest government-funded healthcare programme in the world with over 50 crore beneficiaries.

Source: PIB