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What is the News?
The Union Cabinet has approved the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM).
What is Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission(ABDM)?
Nodal Ministry: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Type: Central Sector Scheme
Aim: To create a seamless online platform through the provision of a wide range of data, information and infrastructure services. It will also ensure the security, confidentiality and privacy of health-related personal information.
Implementing Agency: National Health Authority (NHA)
Key Feature of the Mission: Under the mission, citizens will be able to create their ABHA (Ayushman Bharat Health Account) numbers, to which their digital health records can be linked.This will enable creation of longitudinal health records for individuals across various healthcare providers, and improve clinical decision making by healthcare providers.
What are the benefits of the Mission?
Firstly, it will improve equitable access to quality healthcare by encouraging the use of technologies such as telemedicine and enabling national portability of health services.
Secondly, it will facilitate evidence-based decision making for effective public health interventions.
Lastly, it will also help catalyze innovation and generate employment across the healthcare ecosystem.
Source: This post is based on the article “Cabinet approves implementation of Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission” published in PIB on 28th February 2022.