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Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission will create a seamless online platform that will enable interoperability within the digital health ecosystem

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi launched the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission today via video conferencing, in the presence of Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare.

Addressing the nation on this occasion, the Prime Minister said that the campaign of strengthening health facilities that have been going for the last seven years is entering a new phase today. “Today we are launching a Mission that has the potential of bringing a revolutionary change in India’s health facilities”, the Prime Minister stated.

Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission, will now connect the digital health solutions of hospitals across the country with each other. The Mission will not only make the processes of hospitals simplified but also will increase ease of living, he added.  Under this, every citizen will now get a digital health ID and their health record will be digitally protected.

The Prime Minister stated that India is working on a health model that is holistic and inclusive. A model which stresses preventive healthcare and, in case of disease, easy, affordable and accessible treatment. He also discussed unprecedented reforms in health education and said a much larger number of doctors and par medical manpower is being created in India now as compared to 7-8 years ago. A comprehensive network of AIIMS and other modern health institutions is being established in the country and work on establishing one medical college in every three Lok Sabha constituencies is going on. He also highlighted strengthening health facilities in villages and informed that in the villages, primary health centre networks and wellness centres are being strengthened. More than 80 thousand such centres have already been operationalized, said the Prime Minister.

Industry on Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission 

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the need for the adoption of digital health technologies. The Pradhan Mantri Digital Health Mission (PM – DHM) guidelines envisage the goal of attaining universal care including highest level of health and wellbeing at all ages through increased access and lowered cost of healthcare delivery

Carlos Montiel, Vice President, Latin America & South Asia, ResMed

The launch of Pradhan Mantri Digital Health Mission (PM-DHM) is a visionary step of the Narendra Modi-led government to digitise healthcare in the country. With interoperable health environment, patients will now be able to upload and access securely their health records, which could be exchanged smoothly between patients and doctors upon the former’s consent. The Unique Health ID will make it possible for people of the country to avail quality care and gain better access to healthcare facilities. In the later phases, the plan is also to integrate telemedicine and e-pharmacy, which will bring in a lot more inclusivity. The creation of Electronic Medical Records (EMR) will play a crucial role in transforming the way healthcare is delivered in the country. This is an important milestone that marks democratization of healthcare in a true sense.

Dr Harshit Jain, Founder & Global CEO, Doceree

The launch of nationwide Ayushmann Bharat Digital Health mission is remarkable as it will direct Indian healthcare towards digitisation. The creation of integrated digital health infrastructure in the country had become all the more crucial after the COVID outbreak and the launch couldn’t have come at an appropriate time than this. Integrating telemedicine in the system going ahead will further revolutionise healthcare in India, where availing quality healthcare, especially in rural areas, is still a massive challenge. With this, the government has embarked on a journey of creating healthy India.

Saurabh Arora, Founder & CEO, Lybrate

PM-DHM is the much-needed boost for accelerating system-wide health care digital transformation. There is going to be improved healthcare data liquidity and in turn going to accelerate research and emergence of innovative new solutions.

Srinivasa Vivek, Co-Founder, HumanFractal.Ai

The National digital health mission is a game changer in the format that it will encourage digital adoption in each and every person of the community rather than digital being the preserve of only a very few people like it has been till now. And it aims to erase the digital divide that has plagued India for a very long time with only about 30% of our people having access to digital devices and technologies on a regular basis. So the hospitals in fact are very happy that the national digital health mission has been launched. And we look forward to digital healthcare now erasing the boundaries of good quality health care for everyone and dissociating the social, financial and geographical status of the community from their ability to access healthcare.

Dr Shuchin Bajaj, Founder & Director, Ujala Cygnus Group of Hospitals

PM Modi is a visionary leader who understands to power of the technology and digitisation. Meddo Health congratulates the Indian Government for taking this critical step in transitioning from offline to online and takes pride in being a part of select few having crossed all milestones of Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission Sandbox. Creation of a unique health ID card for each Indian citizen and registry of health facilities and professionals will bring about a huge paradigm shift in the way healthcare is delivered in the country. From ease of access to quality of care, to impact on clinical outcomes, to inclusion of the underprivileged, to stronger governance and accountability, this change will enhance efficiency and transparency in the system. Digitising records will help patients navigate the complex healthcare terrain with greater easy.

Saurabh Kochhar, Founder and CEO, Meddo Health

This is a welcome move. It will not only give access to basic healthcare infrastructure to all, but is a much needed fillip to make quality healthcare a reality through telemedicine. The seamless interoperability resulting in accessibility of medical history and records regardless of geography will go a long way in changing the future of healthcare in the country. The only concern that would need to be addressed is privacy.

Abhishek Malhotra, Managing Partner, TMT Law Practice

The launch of Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission by our honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is set to transform our healthcare system. By enabling Digital HealthID for every citizen, doctors will have access to a longitudinal view of patient health records for better treatment and diagnosis. Availability of medical data real time, will reduce Medical Errors significantly and help avoid duplicate tests reducing financial burden as well. The approach to the creation of a comprehensive healthcare repository allows unique startups like HealthPlix to contribute and build on the mission to create electronic medical records (EMR) for every citizen in the country. HealthPlix currently serves 1.2% of the entire India’s Population (1.5 Cr Unique Patients) through its AI-powered EMR software for doctors.

Sandeep Gudibanda, CEO and Co-Founder of HealthPlix

The launch of “Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission” to provide a digital health ID is a critical and ambitious measure, and this will help including several healthcare initiatives on one platform. Creating an online platform of health data will accelerate the implementation of universal health programs. Online access to healthcare data will enable service providers to deploy inclusive, sustainable and cost-effective healthcare solutions. Data protection measures will have to be robust to preserve personal information.

Arvind Sharma, Partner, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co. 

The launch of the NDHM will help connect and streamline the various links in the healthcare ecosystem. It will be extremely beneficial for patients, given that they will have a unique health ID and ultimately have all their health data digitised. Doctors will be able to provide better treatment including remote diagnosis since they will be able to access health records and medical history of the patients. There will eventually be an integrated access to diagnostic chains and pharmacies as well. The government will find that its ability to provide public health services and health financing will be significantly eased and it will prevent misuse and inefficiencies. It is assumed of course, that data privacy processes will be handled with utmost care.

Charu Sehgal, Partner, Deloitte India 

The Ayushman Bharat Digital Health ID for all citizens announced by the Hon. Prime Minister is a very proactive step. This will act as the backbone for the healthcare infrastructure through unified electronic medical records for all Indians. It shall help in data capture and transferability for easy accessibility. I hope this shall be rolled out under block chain technology to ensure data security and confidentiality. Congratulations to Niti Aayog for bringing one’s health records at their fingertips through mobile phones, anywhere, anytime

Dr Azad Moopen, Founder Chairman and Managing Director, Aster DM Healthcare

The Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission is a great step towards strengthening the health infrastructure of the country. The modernization of healthcare infrastructure will ensure coverage to a larger set of people. The digitalization of the health sector has immensely helped the entire ecosystem sustain during COVID-induced restrictions. With this, one can access quality healthcare anytime as it will give a major boost to the telemedicine industry. New way of doctor & patient interaction via teleconsultation is going to play a pivotal role in taking the Prime Minister’s initiative forward.

Anurag Khosla, CEO of vHealth by Aetna India

The PMDHM would be a revolutionary concept in the healthcare delivery of our country and would be akin to the introduction of Aadhaar card introduced in our country many years ago as a unique identification card for our citizens. The introduction of a unique health identification card at the national level would be a game changer in monitoring, providing and managing healthcare for all citizens and could be a great leap for our management of NCD’s. The proof of the pudding of this unique step introduced by the honourable Prime Minister would be the attention to detail in the implementation of the project and making sure that the privacy of an individual is maintained at all costs. Overall all of us in the healthcare sector welcome this progressive step that hopefully will go a long way in improving the health care of our citizens.

Dr Sudarshan Ballal, Chairman, Manipal Hospitals 

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