Unique Digital Health ID: What is it? How to get one?

admin November 5, 2021
Updated 2021/11/05 at 1:00 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the start of the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM), which he claims has the “potential to make a revolutionary transformation in India’s healthcare facilities.” The main digital project entails the development of a digital healthcare professionals and facilities register, as well as a unique health ID for each person.

What exactly is a unique health ID, and how do you obtain one?

If a person wishes to be a member of the ABDM, she must first establish a health ID, which is a 14-digit number that is created at random. The ID will be used for three purposes: unique identity, authentication, and threading of the beneficiary’s health data across various systems and stakeholders, but only with their informed permission.

Self-registration via the portal or installing the ABMD Health Records app on a mobile device are also options for obtaining a health ID. A health ID may also be requested from a participating health institution, which may include government or private hospitals, community health centres, and government wellness centres all across India.

What is the purpose of a PHR address?

It is a basic self-declared username that must be used to login into a Health Information Exchange and Consent Manager by the beneficiary (HIE-CM). To allow the exchange of health records data, each health ID will need to be linked to a consent manager.

An HIE-CM is a programme that allows users to share and connect their personal health data. Currently, patients may sign up for the HIE-CM using their health ID; however, the National Health Authority (NHA) predicts that various consent managers will be available for patients to select from in the near future.

What are the requirements for obtaining a health ID?

ABDM now allows the establishment of health IDs through mobile or Aadhaar. According to the official website, ABDM will soon release capabilities that will allow users to create health IDs using a PAN card or a driver’s licence. The recipient would be requested to submit information such as name, year of birth, gender, address, and cellphone number/Aadhaar in order to create a health ID through mobile or Aadhaar.

Is Aadhaar card mandatory ?

No, it’s entirely up to you. Without Aadhaar, anybody may register using their phone number.

Is it possible to utilise my Aadhaar number even if it isn’t connected to my phone number?

If the beneficiary decides to use her Aadhaar number, an OTP will be sent to the beneficiary’s Aadhaar-linked mobile phone. If the recipient has not connected it to her phone, she must go to the closest facility and request biometric authentication using her Aadhaar number. She will get her health ID at the partnering institution after successful verification.

Is the information included in personal health records safe?

According to the NHA, ABDM does not keep any of the beneficiary’s medical records. The data are kept by healthcare information providers according to their “retention rules,” and are only “shared” via the ABDM network “with encryption techniques” once the beneficiary has given his or her permission.

Is it possible to remove my health ID and leave the platform?

Yes, according to the NHA, ABDM enables such a function. A user has the option of permanently deleting or temporarily deactivating her health ID.

The unique health ID, as well as other demographic information, will be permanently erased upon deactivation. The beneficiary will never be able to access ABDM apps or any health data via the ABDM network with the deleted ID, and will not be able to recover any information linked to the health ID in the future.

When a beneficiary is deactivated, they will lose access to all ABDM apps for the duration of the deactivation. She won’t be allowed to share her health ID at any health institution or share health records via the ABDM network until she reactivates it.

What services do recipients have access to?

From the time you’re admitted until the time you’re treated and discharged, you’ll have access to your digital health records. Second, you may use your health ID to access and connect your personal health data to build a longitudinal health history.

What additional enhancements are on the way?

New features coming soon will provide you access to verified physicians all across the nation. From the moment her kid is born, the recipient may establish a health ID and digital health records for her child. Third, she may name a nominee who will have access to her health ID and will be able to see or assist her in managing her personal health data. Also, with the health ID accessible to those who don’t have phones through supported ways, there will be much more inclusive access.

How can private players link up with a government-issued digital ID?

The National Health Association has established the NDHM Sandbox, a digital architecture that enables private companies to participate in the National Digital Health Ecosystem as health information suppliers or consumers.

NHA receives a request from the private player to test its system in the Sandbox environment. The NHA then issues the private player with a key that allows them to access the Sandbox environment and the health ID API (API). The private participant must next establish a Sandbox health ID, connect its programme with the API, and register the software in order to test link records and execute consent requests for health data. After the system has been tested, it will request a demo from the NHA in order to proceed. The NHA certifies and empanels the private hospital after a successful demonstration.

What is the significance of this initiative?

The project has the ability to “improve the comfort of life” as well as “simplify hospital processes,” as the Prime Minister said on Monday.

At the moment, the usage of digital health ID in hospitals is restricted to a single hospital or a particular group, and it is mostly focused in big private chains. The new effort will unify the ecosystem’s many components into a single platform.

For example, if a patient is being treated at AIIMS in Delhi and wishes to transfer to another hospital in a different city that is also part of the centralised ecosystem, the patient does not need to transport physical health records or files spanning several years of treatment because the medical history is readily available.

It’s also simpler to locate physicians and experts in your area thanks to the system. Many patients now depend on referrals from family and friends for medical advice, but the new platform will inform them who to contact and where they can find them. The new platform will also make it easier to identify laboratories and pharmacy shops for better testing.

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