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Digital Health Incentives Scheme

  • Category
    Polity & Governance
  • Published
    11th Aug, 2023

Context

The National Health Authority (NHA) has announced extension of its Digital Health Incentives Scheme (DHIS) under the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM) till December 31, 2023.

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What is Digital Health Incentives Scheme (DHIS)?

  • The DHIS was launched on January 1, 2023 and was operational from April 2023.
  • The scheme is a part of the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM).
    • While ABDM aims to make digital health services available and accessible to all citizens of our country, it intends to incentivise healthcare facilities to promote and support this adoption through the Digital Health Incentive Scheme
  • Incentives: Under the DHIS, incentives are provided to hospitals and diagnostic labs and to the providers of digital health solutions such as Hospital/ Health Management Information System (HMIS) and Laboratory Management Information System (LMIS) for adopting and enabling transformative digitization under the ABDM.

Who all are eligible?

  • All Health facilities like Clinics, Nursing Homes & Hospitals
  • Laboratory/Radiology diagnostics centres
  • Digital Solution Companies (Entities providing ABDM enabled digital solutions)
  • Under the DHIS, the eligible health facilities and digital solutions companies shall be able to earn financial incentives of up to 4 crore based on the number of digital health records created and linked to ABHA (Ayushman Bharat Health Account) numbers of the patients.
  • It is anticipated that the DHIS advantages offered to the DSCs will contribute to cost reduction or will be transmitted further to the relevant healthcare facilities to pay their digitisation costs, etc.
  • Digital Solution Companies (DSCs) will be given an incentive of 25% of the incentive amount received by the eligible health facilities using their digital solutions.
  • For the ABHA linked transactions done by facilities not eligible for direct incentives (Clinics/ Small Hospitals/ Health Lockers/ Teleconsultation Platforms etc.), an incentive would be provided to Digital Solution Companies.

Benefits of the scheme:

  • Earn incentives for Digitization: Reimburse the expenses incurred for digitization to all the participating healthcare facilities, Digital Solution Companies.
  • Efficiency in Healthcare Delivery: Seamless access to patient's longitudinal health records; Removes hassles in the healthcare process (registration, appointment, consultation, IPD admission, discharge, etc.)
  • Building a Robust Digital Health Ecosystem: Building a robust digital health ecosystem across different levels of healthcare facilities.
  • Improved Quality of Care: Evidence based, accessible, and good quality care. Patient's ease of access to digitized health records and improved healthcare delivery.
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