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Govt recommends to set up digital entity to maintain Ayushman Bharat health data

Highlighting inadequacy in technology deployment and data-driven decision-making in healthcare in India, the government has suggested to set up a new digital entity, similar to UIDAI ad GSTN, to maintain data generated through its flagship health program.

A Ministry of Health and Family Welfare constituted a committee, in its report, recognised the need to establish a specialized organization, called National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) that can drive the implementation of the digital health blueprint.

The separate entity will be responsible for providing technology to manage and analyse data, and create a system of personal health records, health applications and improve the quality of health data collection.

The 14-member committee further recommended that the Ministry should consult Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which issues Aadhaar, and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) in the design of the Personal Health Identifier (PHI).

The PHI will maintain a personal health record. It would contain all the essential basic information about the patients and their immediate family date of birth, gender, mobile number, email address, location, family ID and photograph.

Aadhaar cannot be used in every health context as per the applicable regulations. The design of PHI, therefore, must allow multiple identifiers (chosen from the specified types of identifiers) for designing the structure and processes relating to PHI,” said a National Digital Health Blueprint (NDHB) created by a committee under former MeitY Secretary and UIDAI ex-chairman J Satyanarayana.

The report is open for public comments till August 4.

The mission will be partly funded by the govt and private players and may take over one and a half years to develop.

On the lines of England and South Korea health care system, the govt aims to develop health infrastructure with the help of reliable and cost-effective IT platform.

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