“National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) has envisaged to leverage digital technologies India and network of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to enable last mile health care delivery. Based on the same, it also envisages to build domain specific registries as building blocks in the form of health facility registry to find hospitals online and to enable access to Electronic Medical Records (EMR),” stated Dr. RS Sharma, CEO, National Health Authority, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare although delivering his Valedictory Note beneath the theme Rebuilding healthcare In India on the occasion of concluding day August 20 of Virtual FE Healthcare Summit which started from August 18, 2021.
“This will improve healthcare quality by leveraging the digital healthcare system towards healthcare accessibility, reliability and this kind of platform will also help people in remote areas. This kind of digital communication will render cost effective services through access to large pool of clinicians and will help generate relevant data for health policy makers not only in modern medicine, preventive medicine, traditional system of medicine, yoga for more inclusive healthcare system through artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML),” Dr Sharma explained additional adding that this will also have an application or payment gateway to access in the kind of a exceptional overall health interface (UHI) like the exceptional payment interface (UPI) which is India’s robust technique for digital transactions today.
Creation of digital overall health id will support collate overall health records in a horizontal manner for successful healthcare delivery. It will be a single identifier to pull relevant overall health records to view these records in a non-discretionary and non sponsored manner.
“NDHM envisages to create a health professional registry to search doctors in a holistic and inclusive way through building platforms, registries and directories. This will lead to electronic medical records (EMR) access by various systems and domain specific registries through the unified health interface (UHI) very similar to unified payment interface (UPI). This will work as a link with applications and domain specific registries to enhance visibility for the patient community and doctors. This will encompass aspects of discoverability which will enable online booking of hospitals and tele-consultations,” Dr Sharma stated.
UHI is poised to make the healthcare service delivery landscape more competitive, reputable and accessible. We have a ubiquitous network of 120 crore phone connections, 70 crore world wide web connections and 60 crore mobile subscribers. We have information rates which are the lowest in the world and the consumption pattern is 12 GB per month per particular person
“Mobile networks in India put together transfer data more than what is done in the US and China. This shows India’s potential towards building a digital healthcare infrastructure using digital utilities and ids for a population of 129 crore subscribers of Aadhar cards,” Dr Sharma concluded.
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