Health ID For Every Indian, Digitally Secure Records: PM

Ayushman Bharat Mission: The Health ID of every citizen will also "work as their health account, to which personal health records can be linked and viewed with the help of a mobile application."

PM Modi launched the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission today. (File)

New Delhi:

Every Indian will now get a digital health ID, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today as he launched the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission. The government - which has said the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission will play a key role in the digital health ecosystem, like that of the Unified Payments Interface in revolutionising payments - has underlined that "citizens will now only be a click-away from accessing healthcare facilities".

"Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission will now help connect digital health solutions across the country. All Indians will now get a digital health ID under this scheme. Every citizen's health record will now be digitally secure," the Prime Minister said, underlining that "digitisation will make healthcare easier".

The Health ID of every citizen will also "work as their health account, to which personal health records can be linked and viewed with the help of a mobile application," says the government. The access and exchange of "longitudinal health records of citizens will be enabled with their consent," an official statement says.

The newly launched mission "will play a big role in eliminating problems in medical treatment of poor and middle class," PM Modi said this morning in a televised address. "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. I am happy that Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission is being started nationwide from today on its third anniversary," the Prime Minister said.

"130 crore Aadhar IDs, 118 crore mobile subscribers, about 80 crore internet users and 43 crore Jan Dhan Bank accounts - such a huge, connected infrastructure can't be found anywhere else in the world. This digital infrastructure - from ration to governance - is reaching every Indian in a transparent manner," the Prime Minister further elaborated, praising the UPI system and its reach.  

India is now working on a healthcare model that will work not just on curing diseases but preventing them too, he added.