On the occasion of 74th Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced the ‘One Nation One Health Card‘ scheme. While delivering his Independence Day speech on Saturday, August 15, PM Modi said this would revolutionalise the health care system in the country.
With this ‘One Nation One Health Card’ scheme, a person’s medical history records, including all the treatments and tests that the person has undergone, will be digitally saved in a database. And this database can be accessed by an authorised person from anywhere in the country via digital means.
Under this system, a unique ID will be issued to every Indian citizen who opts for this card, through which he/she will be able to log-in to the portal.
If a beneficiary gets a test done, the reports will be saved on the card. Also now in case, the beneficiary needs to travel to other parts of the country, they would not need to bring the old reports in physical form to the doctor. The doctor would be able to see the medical records with the help of that unique ID of the card.
Reportedly, hospitals, clinics, and doctors will all be linked to a central server. The interesting part is that it is completely up to hospitals and citizens, whether they want to opt for the ‘One Nation One Health Card’ scheme or not.
Sources suggest that the scheme will be implemented in a phase-wise manner. A budget of Rs 500 crore has been allotted for the first phase of the plan.
I’m sure you’re wondering about the data safety issue since it already becomes a hot topic nowadays. People familiar with this matter stated that the data would be safe with adequate privacy features in place.
Reports also claim that the scope of the ‘One Nation One Health Card’ scheme will be gradually extended. Under this extension, not only clinics and hospitals, but medical stores and medical insurance companies can remain connected on the server through this scheme.
But the privacy of the people will be of utmost importance. A doctor or a hospital will be allowed to access a person’s records only when he will give permission for the same.