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NDHM a major landmark in digital healthcare transformation: Dr Veena Aggarwal

Yash Ved, Mumbai
Thursday, September 30, 2021, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

The announcement of the Digital Health ID scheme across India is a major landmark in India’s digital healthcare transformation as pandemic already showed how the lack of streamlined healthcare record-keeping and access resulted in great inconvenience and even denial of timely care to a lot of patients, stated Dr Veena Aggarwal, Trustee, Dr KK's Heart Care Foundation of India.

Dr Aggarwal added, "In case of a serious and critical scenario such as heart diseases or a heart attack such delays can be fatal. This is where unified digital record-keeping of a patient’s healthcare data would enable easy and accurate care for the patients. The Government of India deserves appreciation for the initiative and we look forward to the National Digital Health Mission (NDHM)’s pan-India coverage at the earliest.

While Nilesh Aggarwal, founder, Medtalks.in and CEO, IJCP Group added that the Digital Health ID issued under the NDHM is going to be a game changer as far as ease and streamlining of healthcare delivery and access in India is concerned.

Digital Health Records are already standardized in processes like telemedicine, e-pharmacy and other areas and now there will be a consolidation and seamless integration of all components under the Digital Health ID, added Aggarwal.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission, the digital ecosystem where the health records of citizens are stored and shared online with their consent for healthcare needs, through a video conference. Under this, every citizen will now get a digital health ID and their health record will be digitally protected.

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

"The launch of a Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission on a nationwide level is a welcome development which has the potential to catalyse the Indian healthcare system’s shift to the next level. Remote care and doctor consultations are here to stay beyond the pandemic. Successful implementation of Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission would also enable faster adoption of the emerging technologies like AI,  IoT and various digital health solutions to achieve a quantum jump in the quality of healthcare and improve ease of access,” stated Sigal Atzmon, founder & CEO, Medix Global.

Vaibhav Tewari, co-founder & CEO, Portea Medical stated that the pan-India launch of the Digital Health ID initiative under the National Digital Health Mission is a potentially transformational step. Through the Digital Health ID, healthcare service providers will be able to better understand the patient’s health history and past records of illnesses or special conditions.

With the Digital Health ID, this problem will be resolved and doctors will make better informed and precise decisions, stated Tewari.

"One of the biggest challenges for effective healthcare delivery in India has been the lack of access to a patient’s medical records in times of emergency. With digitization of health records, this lack of access almost in real-time will be possible and the doctors will be able to make better informed decision. Digital diagnostic services and tools can be seamlessly integrated with the framework to ensure that the reports of various diagnostic, pathological and other tests is directly uploaded into a patient’s digital health account," stated Runam Mehta, chief growth officer, HealthCube.


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