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Digital health ID concerns

The idea is good but govt must address privacy issues

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Digital health data | personal health data

Business Standard Editorial Comment  |  Mumbai 

The official launch of the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM) started an initiative that will give every citizen a unique digital health ID, linked to a personal health record (PHR). The ID will also be linked to the Aadhaar. The process of assigning these health IDs started months ago when individuals using the Aadhaar to sign up for vaccinations on the CoWin app were assigned Digital Health IDs by default. It is hoped the ABDM will significantly improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency of health service delivery. Someone with a health ID and PHR will be able to store personal medical history digitally (including prescriptions, diagnostic reports, discharge summaries, etc), access it, and share it as required. This can, for example, be of benefit to a patient with a medical issue while travelling. Similarly, it will allow for the seamless transfer of patients across health care facilities. Health insurance providers will also find it useful for more efficient service delivery.

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First Published: Sun, October 03 2021. 22:39 IST
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