Date: 18-Nov-2019

Health ministry releases final National Digital Health Blueprint report for universal health coverage

The Union health ministry has released the final National Digital Health Blueprint (NDHB) report to strengthen Digital India and Universal Health Coverage (UHC). This is also aimed at establishing a comprehensive and nationwide integrated digital health ecosystem in the country. Aligned with the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide health services to every Indian citizen, the successful implementation of NDHB would immensely benefit all Indians by lowering out of pocket expenses and ensuring realization of UHC, Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan stated in the report. Union health minister had officially released the draft report at a function in New Delhi on July 15, 2019. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister had said that the government is committed to ensuring high quality healthcare accessible to all up to the last mile. “The digital health interventions are accelerating this transformation and have a huge potential for supporting UHC. India has everything that can help it achieve Health for all,” he stated. With the prime principles of 'capture data once and use many times', and 'move from silos to systems,' the National Digital Health Blueprint provides clear guidance for all stakeholders to engage and contribute to strengthen health systems in India. “The blueprint proposes a federated architecture with building blocks defined, Unique Health Identifier (UHID), registries for patient, provider and facility, privacy and consent management, national portability, EHR Standards and provisioning of health services across multiple access channels. All these are essential for a futuristic health system with prominent use of digital health technologies,” said Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan while talking about the significance of the report.