Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Pradhan Mantri Digital Health Mission on Monday via video conference. PM Modi announced the pilot project of the ‘National Digital Health Mission‘ from the ramparts of the Red Fort on August 15, 2020.
As of now, the Pradhan Mantri Digital Health Mission (PM-DHM) has been executed in a pilot phase in six Union Territories. In the event, PM Narendra Modi said, “Today begins a Mission that has the power to bring a revolutionary change in India’s health facilities. Three years ago, on Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya’s birth anniversary, Ayushman Bharat Yojana was implemented. Happy that Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission is being started nationwide from today.”
Moreover, the statement says that the nationwide rollout of PM-DHM concurs with NHA celebrating the third anniversary of Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY).
Introduction To Digital Health Mission
- PM-DHM will form a flawless online platform through the provision of information and infrastructure services, wide-range of data, standards-based digital systems, interoperable, duly leveraging open, while ensuring confidentiality, security, and privacy of health-related personal information. It is based on foundations that are in the form of the Aadhaar and Mobile (JAM) trinity, Jan Dhan, and other digital initiatives of the government.
- The Pradhan Mantri Digital Health Mission will allow the exchange and access of longitudinal health records of citizens with their consent.
- Key components of PM-DHM include a health ID which can also be linked and viewed with the help of a mobile application.
- It also ensures ease of doing business for hospitals, doctors and healthcare service providers.
- The PMO said this mission will create interoperability within the digital health ecosystem, just like the role played by the Unified Payments Interface in revolutionizing payments.