Dr Harsh Vardhan releases the National Digital Health Blueprint report in the Public domain

  1. Union Health Minister has released the National Digital Health Blueprint (NDHB).
  2. The vision of NDHB is to create a National Digital Health ecosystem that supports Universal Health Coverage(UHC).
  3. NDHB focuses on providing an efficient and affordable health coverage through a wide-range of data and infrastructure services using open digital systems that will ensure security and privacy of personal information.
  4. NDHB has suggested setting up of a National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) to manage enormous amounts of health data generated by Ayushman Bharat and other health schemes.
  5. The NDHM would provide technology to manage and analyse data and create a system of personal health records and health applications. Further,central to the ecosystem would be a Personal Health Identifier (PHI) to maintain a Personal Health Record (PHR).
  6. The PHI would contain the names of patients and those of their immediate family, date of birth, gender, mobile number, email address, location, family ID and photograph.
  7. It has also suggested a Command,Control and Communication Center (CCCC) as a single point of contact in public health emergencies.It has also recommended to use Aadhaar-based identification of patients for maintaining health records.