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PM announces Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission

On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the beginning of the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission, saying it has the potential to revolutionize healthcare by giving everyone a digital health ID that incorporates their health information. Modi noted in his post-launch remarks that the mission marked a new chapter in the preceding seven years of efforts to improve health facilities.

The Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission's pilot project was inaugurated from the Red Fort's ramparts on August 15, 2020, by Prime Minister Modi. Currently, six union areas are participating in the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission's pilot program. To coincide with the third anniversary of Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, it is being rolled out across the country (AB PM-JAY).

There are approximately 130 million Aadhaar users in India, 118 million mobile subscribers, and 43 million Jan Dhan bank accounts linked together, according to the prime minister, making India's system unique in the world. Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission, according to him, would deliver accurate information that would improve patient care and yield healthcare savings for taxpayers. A digital health ID would be provided to all residents, according to the Prime Minister. Additionally, every citizen's health records will be digitally secured, and he said it would be particularly beneficial to the poor and middle class.

Aarogya Setu app was extremely useful in preventing the spread of the coronavirus disease, according to Modi. The Co-WIN application and website were instrumental in helping India provide over 90 crore vaccine doses, according to him. The Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission will build on the Jan Dhan, Aadhaar, and Mobile (JAM) trinity and other government digital initiatives to create a seamless online platform by providing a wide range of data, information, and infrastructure services, leveraging open, interoperable, standards-based digital systems, and ensuring the security, confidentiality, and integrity of data (PMO). People can see and exchange their longitudinal health records with the PMO's consent, the PMO claims

As part of the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission, each citizen will be issued a health ID that serves as their health account and can be linked via a mobile application to personal health records. This health account will be used to store and access personal health records across modern and traditional healthcare settings, and it will also serve as a repository for all healthcare providers across both of these settings. The Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission Sandbox will serve as a framework for technology and product testing as part of the mission, helping organizations, including private players, intending to be a part of the National Digital Health Ecosystem become a health information provider or a health information user, or efficiently link with the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission building blocks.

A primary goal of the initiative is to improve digital health ecosystem interoperability in a way akin to how the Unified Payments Interface revolutionized payments. Health care services will be available to citizens with a single click, according to the statement. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said via videoconference on Monday that the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission, a seven-year-old initiative to improve healthcare services, had entered a new phase.

The Prime Minister made it clear that India was working on a health plan that was both broad and inclusive. Preventative healthcare was emphasized, as was simple, affordable, and readily available treatment in the case of illness. A sea of revolution in healthcare was set afoot. When compared to 7-8 years ago, the number of doctors and paramedics being trained was far larger than before. AIIMS and other modern health facilities are being built across the nation, he said, and efforts are underway to set up a medical college in each of the three Lok Sabha seats.

Mr. Modi emphasized the need of enhancing local healthcare options for residents. He talked about the need for more primary health care and wellness centers being built. More than 80,000 of these facilities are already up and running and ready for deployment.


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