New Delhi: The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved the national roll-out of Central sector scheme, Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM) of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, with a budget of ₹1,600 crore for five years. The National Health Authority (NHA) will be the implementing agency of Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM).
The Central government on Saturday, February 26, said digital health solutions across healthcare ecosystem have proven to be of immense benefit over the years, with CoWIN, Arogya Setu and eSanjeevani further demonstrating the role technology can play in enabling access to healthcare. However, there is a need to integrate such solutions for continuum of care and effective utilisation of resources.
The ministry said not only will ABDM facilitate effective public health interventions but will also catalyse innovation and generate more jobs.
Reacting to the announcement, Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya, under whose ministry the scheme falls, thanked and lauded Prime Minister Modi.
आयुष्मान भारत हेल्थ काउंट नंबर (ABHA Number) देश में डिजिटल हेल्थ इकोसिस्टम को मज़बूत करेगा। अब देशवासी डिजिटल तरीक़े से कही भी अपने हेल्थ रिकॉर्ड को Access कर पाएँगे।
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— Dr Mansukh Mandaviya (@mansukhmandviya) February 26, 2022
What is Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission:
The Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM) will create a seamline online platform through the provision of a wide range of data, information and infrastructure services. It will also leverage open, interoperable, standards-based digital systems while ensuring the personal information is safe. It’ll work on the foundations laid down in the form of Jan Dhan, Aadhaar and Mobile (JAM) trinity.
How will it help citizens:
Under the ABDM, citizens will be able to create their ABHA (Ayushman Bharat Health Account) numbers, to which their digital health records can be linked. This will enable you to create health records across healthcare providers, and improve their clinical decision making.
The mission will improve “equitable access” to quality healthcare as it’ll encourage the use of technologies such as telemedicine, and enable national portability of health services.
Ayushman Bharat Health Accounts:
The pilot of ABDM was completed in the six UTs of Ladakh, Chandigarh, Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu, Puducherry, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep. During the pilot, the digital sandbox was created in which more than 774 partner solutions are undergoing integration, the ministry said.
As on 24th February 2022, 17,33,69,087 Ayushman Bharat Health Accounts have been created and 10,114 doctors and 17,319 health facilities have been registered in ABDM.