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National Digital Health Blueprint

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National Digital Health Blueprint

 

What to study?

For prelims: NDHB- highlights.

For mains: Need for, significance of NDHB, challenges in health sector and ways to address them.

 

Context: National Digital Health Blueprint report submitted to Health Ministry.

 

Background:

In August this year, the government released NDHB which aims to create National Digital Health Eco- System.

 

Highlights of the National Digital Health Blueprint (NDHB):

  1. It lays out the ‘building blocks’ for the implementation of the National Health Stack (NHS), which aims to deploy Artificial Intelligence (AI) in leveraging health records.
  2. Keeping true to the government’s larger agenda, of ‘data as a public good’, the blueprint proposes the linking of multiple databases to generate greater and granular data that can be leveraged by the public as well as private sector – including insurance companies, hospitals, apps and researchers.
  3. The blueprint proposes a National Digital Health Mission “as a purely government organisation with complete functional autonomy adopting some features of some of the existing National Information Utilities like UIDAI and GSTN.”

  

Concerns:

  1. This National Blueprint illustrates yet another example of the Centre moving forward with a major digitisation program involving the data of millions of citizens without a data protection law in place.
  2. Data security is a prerequisite for any data movement. Currently, data privacy in health is a grey area.
  3. Data researchers and activists have expressed concerns about the development of this policy, which proposes a health data set-up on a foundation of India Stack – a bouquet of privately-owned proprietary software applications.

 

Sources: pib.

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