National Digital Health Mission: Launching Soon!

Publish On: 11 Nov, 2019 05:46 PM | Updated   |   Prateek  

The Union Health Ministry is all set to launch the National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) which is going to aim at getting the best out of the technology in the healthcare sector.

Earlier the Union Health Ministry has also launched:

  • National Rural Health Mission (NRHM)
  • National Urban Health Mission (NUHM)

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The Union Health Ministry has put up a final draft for public feedbacks for 30 days.

A senior health ministry official said:

“The National Health Policy (NHP) 2017 lays significant emphasis on leveraging digital technologies for enhancing the efficiency effectiveness of all healthcare delivery services, and the digital blueprint is a step toward making it happen. The modifications have been made over the previous draft based on the comments we received, and the final version is up in public domain, ”

“While maintaining a health record database is integral to the initiative what is more important is to ensure privacy, security and confidentiality of the data that has been generated in the process. Also, it will help merge everything as right now people are working in silos that would change,”

“Eventually it all boils down to quality of healthcare. Efforts will be focused on ensuring that the quality of care is not compromised at any level. It is an ambitious initiative, and we are hopeful that it will work out well. ”

Objectives of the National Digital Health Mission (NDHM):

The objectives are as follows-

  • Establishing and managing the core digital health data
  • Developing multiple digital health systems spanning across sectors from wellness to disease management
  • Creating a system of electronic health records, based on international standards that are easily accessible to the citizens and service providers based on citizen consent
  • Establishing data ownership pathways so that the patient is the owner of their records
  • Promoting health data analytics and medical research among other things.

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