According to a top government official, the Centre is expected to initiate the digital distribution of healthcare services in collaboration with private sector partners over the next 1 to 2 years, with pilot projects underway in as many as six Union Territories. “We are enthusiastic about putting the National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) into action. Digital innovations have paved the way for us. In one to two years, we will be able to get all stakeholders into the network, and we are currently conducting pilots in six Union Territories “The National Health Authority’s (NHA) chief executive, Ram Sewak Sharma said.
“We have a list of healthcare providers, clinics, and labs, and we will create a forum for health service delivery with them to meet the national digital health mission’s goal,” the official said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the groundbreaking nationwide health policy on August 15, 2020, claiming that it would bring “change” to the healthcare sector and that each patient’s medical records will be stored in a single health ID.
Sharma went on to say that such an initiative could be a win-win situation in which private hospitals would gain access to medical records and be able to expand their scope and offer facilities to rural India without having to set up shop.
The IT-focused national program has already developed nearly 200,000 unique IDs for pilots in Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Andaman & Nicobar, Ladakh, Chandigarh, Puducherry, and Lakshadweep.
With regular virus cases above 300,000, the country’s inadequate healthcare system has been highlighted by the second wave of infectious Covid-19 epidemic.
The National Health Authority, or NHA, which is in charge of executing the national health mission and the prestigious Ayushman Bharat Yojna, stated that the technology-driven action would improve vaccination efforts and effectively close a demand-supply gap.
Sharma went on to say that a reliable and flexible ICT framework must determine qualifications, identification, and priority to ensure that qualified people received safe dosages.
The CoWIN app oversees and runs the national Covid vaccine scheme, with admissions for the third process for those above the age of 18 beginning on April 28.