Launch of National Digital Health Mission
The biggest issue of patients in India is to find the best available doctor and services. In August 2020, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, established the National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) with an aim to provide the necessary support for integration of digital health infrastructure in the country. Under the mission, a digital infrastructure comprising Health ID—an ID used to uniquely identify people, authenticate them and thread their health records; Digi-Doctor—a comprehensive repository of all doctors practicing or teaching modern/traditional systems of medicine, health facility registry and patient health records; and Electronic Medical Records—a digital version of a patient’s treatment history from a single facility. Amid government’s rollout of the National Digital Health Mission, private digital healthcare companies are making an entry into the sector. For instance, Medix Global, a London-based innovative digital health management solutions provider is setting up a pan-India digital infrastructure for tele-medicine and offline medical solutions including diagnosis and early disease detection services related to chronic diseases such as cardio-vascular, diabetes management, cancer and stroke. These also include health risk assessment, genetic testing, biomarker testing, personalised screening tests and personalised prevention plans. The company will also invest US$ 20-30 million in innovative medical tech start-ups with focus on India through Medix Ventures, a venture capital fund of the Medix Group to promote digital med-tech solutions.
The government has also developed a National Digital Health Blueprint (NDHB) to transition into integrated digital services in a comprehensive and holistic manner. The blueprint’s key features include a five-layered system of architectural building blocks, Unique Health Identification (UHID), privacy and consent management, national portability, EHR, applicable standards and regulations, health analytics, and multiple access channels such as a call centre, the Digital Health India portal and MyHealth App.