A Digital Health Ecosystem for All
Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM), launched with the aim of providing universal health coverage, has set the stage for a national digital health ecosystem that prioritizes efficiency, accessibility, inclusivity, affordability, timeliness, and safety. This visionary mission seeks to bridge the digital divide and establish a robust digital health infrastructure across the country.
Empowering the Underprivileged with ABHA and Aarogya Setu
In areas with limited internet connectivity or hardware access, ABDM offers an assisted and offline mode for creating Ayushman Bharat Health Accounts (ABHA). The ABHA app and Aarogya Setu app are designed to be user-friendly and multilingual, addressing the challenge of digital literacy and making healthcare services more accessible to all.
Fostering Innovation through Health-tech Startups
ABDM recognizes the transformative potential of health-tech startups in revolutionizing the healthcare sector. To encourage innovation and collaboration, the mission promotes the adoption of open standards by all digital health stakeholders, including startups. The ABDM sandbox facilitates the integration of these innovative solutions into the broader digital health ecosystem.
Prioritizing Data Privacy and Protection
The Health Data Management Policy (HDM Policy), released by the Union Ministry of Health, serves as a crucial guidance document to ensure the privacy and protection of individuals’ data within the ABDM ecosystem. Under this policy, no data is to be shared with any other entity without the explicit consent of the individual, emphasizing the paramount importance of data security.
Strengthening Health Infrastructure through Financial Assistance
To ensure the effective implementation of ABDM, the Union Health Ministry extends financial support to States/UTs for human resources, information education & communication (IEC), capacity building, and integration of state health digital health programs/solutions. The financial assistance also extends to National Health Mission to strengthen health infrastructure, including IT interventions like Hospital Management Information System (HMIS) and telemedicine services.
The Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission has emerged as a transformative force in the healthcare landscape of India. By leveraging the potential of digital technologies and fostering innovation, it aims to make healthcare services accessible to all, leaving no one behind. With robust data privacy measures in place, the mission emphasizes the trust and safety of the individuals’ data. As the mission continues to progress, it promises to bring forth a new era of inclusive and efficient healthcare for every citizen.