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What is National Digital Health Mission? What are its objectives? How it will be helpful? Discuss.

Topic : Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

2. What is National Digital Health Mission? What are its objectives? How it will be helpful? Discuss. (250 words)

Reference: The Hindu 

Why the question:

The Prime Minister in his Independence Day speech has stated the government’s intention to implement a National Digital Health Mission (NDHM).

Key Demand of the question:

Discuss in detail the objectives of the NDHM, its advantages and other aspects in detail.


Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:


The National Health Policy (NHP) 2017 had laid significant emphasis on leveraging digital technologies for enhancing the efficiency effectiveness of all healthcare delivery services.


Start narrating the key features of the mission like – Under the National Digital Health Mission, every Indian will be given a digital health ID which will contain information regarding disease, medical reports, medicine prescribed and consultant doctor details of a person.

The National Health Authority (NHA), which runs the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, would be designing and implementing the NDHM.

While the core systems of NDHM like Health ID, Digi-Doctor and Health Facility Registry shall be owned, operated and maintained by the Government of India, Private stakeholders will be given an equal opportunity to integrate with the core system and create their own products.

The NDHM would be a voluntary programme.

Then move onto discuss the significance of the program, suggest concerns if any.


Conclude with way forward.