In news- Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the nationwide rollout of the National Digital Health Mission (NDHM).
- The nationwide rollout of Pradhan Mantri Digital Health Mission (PM-DHM) coincides with the National Health Authority (NHA) celebrating the third anniversary of Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY).
- The scheme consists of four essential blocks — digital health ID, healthcare professionals registry, health facility registry and electronic health records.
- Every Indian will get a unique 14-digit health identification (ID) number, which will contain all the health records of the person.
- The ID will be created using an Aadhar Card or the beneficiary’s mobile number, and will serve as an identifier to pull relevant health records.
- The mission will create electronic medical records (EMR) for each individual, which will allow doctors to track data over time, easily identify which patients are due for preventive screenings or checkups, and monitor their patients on certain parameters.
- The first objective of the scheme is to create a digital environment for healthcare via these four blocks.
- At a later stage, the government plans to integrate telemedicine and e-pharmacies.
- The project was first launched in pilot phase in the Union Territories of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Ladakh, Lakshadweep, and Puducherry.
- It includes both public and private health facilities including hospitals, clinics, diagnostic laboratories and imaging centers, pharmacies etc..