Prime Minister on 27 September 2021 launched the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission via video conferencing. The pilot project of Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission was announced by the Prime Minister from the ramparts of Red Fort on 15 August last year. Currently, the programme is being implemented on a pilot basis in six Union Territories.

About the Mission

  1. Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission has potential to bring revolutionary changes in our health facilities, the PM said.
  2. Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission will provide reliable data, leading to better treatment and ensuring savings for patients.
  3. Under the mission, people of the country will now get a digital health ID.
  4. Health records of every citizen will be digitally protected, the poor and the middle class will benefit the most from this mission.
  5. It will enable access and exchange of longitudinal health records of citizens with their consent.
  6. The key components of the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission include a health ID for every citizen that will also work as their health account, to which personal health records can be linked and viewed with the help of a mobile application.
  7. A Healthcare Professionals Registry (HPR) and Healthcare Facilities Registries (HFR) that will act as a repository of all healthcare providers across both modern and traditional systems of medicine.
  8. This will ensure ease of doing business for doctors, hospitals and healthcare service providers.

How it will work

  1. Based on the foundations laid down in the form of Jan Dhan, Aadhaar and Mobile (JAM) trinity and other digital initiatives of the government, Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission will create a seamless online platform through the provision of a wide range of data, information and infrastructure services, duly leveraging open, interoperable, standards-based digital systems while ensuring the security, confidentiality and privacy of health-related personal information.
  2. The Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission Sandbox, created as a part of the mission, will act as a framework for technology and product testing that will help organisations, including private players, intending to be a part of the National Digital Health Ecosystem become a health information provider or a health information user or efficiently link with building blocks of Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission.
  3. This mission will create interoperability within the digital health ecosystem, similar to the role played by the Unified Payments Interface in revolutionising payments.