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Updated on Sep 22, 2022
The introduction of the new digital health ID card has been a game-changer for public healthcare in India. The digital health card was introduced under the umbrella of the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM) or the NDHM (National Digital Health Mission). The objective of the digital health ID card is to help insurance providers, hospitals, and health ID holders get access to digital health records securely.
A Livemint report stated that as of September, 2021, more than 1 lakh health ID cards were created under the NDHM (National Digital Health Mission), initially launched throughout 6 States and Union Territories as a pilot project on the 15th of August, 2021. The number has naturally increased exponentially ever since.
The digital health ID card is an identification card containing identifying information such as health records regarding the cardholder. The digital health ID card enables a seamless process for digitally sharing and accessing health records of cardholders.
Anybody willing to have accessible health records electronically should create this ID card. It is a 14-digit randomly generated number used for identification of citizens, verification and seamless access of health records (with consent) throughout healthcare systems.
How Can You Apply for a Digital Health ID Card?
You can readily apply for your digital health card which is created through your basic information and mobile number or Aadhar. You can link all health records with this ID.
Here are the steps involved in the application procedure:
Through Driving License-
Through Mobile Number-
You will basically require either your mobile phone number or your Aadhar number or your driving license.
The digital health ID card facility is open to all Indian citizens without any specific guidelines.
The National Digital Health Mission or Ayushman Bharat Health Mission has envisioned this one-of-a-kind digital health ID card for enhancing healthcare delivery, while making all individual health records readily accessible at the tap of a button. The mission was created under the aegis of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Some of the core functions of the NDHM include the following:
There are many reasons why you should create your digital health card. Some of them include:
This is everything you need to know about digital health ID cards in a nutshell, right from the application process to benefits, documents and a lot more. With digitization rapidly transforming every facet of our daily lives, why should healthcare be any different? Digital IDs and smooth transfer/access of healthcare records could well herald the next big revolution in Indian healthcare.
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