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Revamped Ayushman Bharat Health Account mobile application launched

  • Published
    25th May, 2022
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The National Health Authority (NHA), under its flagship scheme of Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM), recently announced the launch of a revamped Ayushman Bharat Health Account (ABHA) mobile application.

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About ABHA App:

  • The Ayushman Bharat Health Account (ABHA) Mobile App (previously known as NDHM Health Records or PHR App) is available on the Google Play Store.
  • The existing ABHA app users can also update their previous app versions to the latest one.
  • ABHA app has a new user interface and added functionalities that enable individuals to access their health records anytime and anywhere.
  • The ABHA mobile application enables an individual to create an ABHA address (username@abdm), an easy to remember username that can be linked with the 14 digit randomly generated ABHA number.
  • The mobile application also enables users to link their health records created at ABDM compliant health facility and view them in their smartphones.
  • The application allows self-uploading of physical health records in the ABDM compliant health lockers along with sharing of digital health records such as diagnostic reports, prescriptions, CoWIN vaccination certificate etc. after the consent of an individual through the ABDM network.
  • Other functionalities such as Login via face authentication / fingerprint/ biometric and ability to scan QR code at the counter of the ABDM compliant facility for express registration shall also be released soon.
  • It will enable them to save their health history on a single platform and access or share their health records anytime and anywhere without a worry of losing them.
  • This digitization of data exchange will ensure better clinical decision making and continuum of care.

Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM):

  • The Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM) aims to provide digital health IDs for all Indian citizens to help hospitals, insurance firms, and citizens access health records electronically when required.
  • The National Health Authority (NHA)under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is the implementing Agency.
  • The mission aims to create a seamless online platform that will enable interoperability within the digital healthcare ecosystem.
  • The mission has been conceptualized as a set of 'digital building blocks'.
  • Each building block is seen as a 'digital public good' that can be used by any entity in the digital health ecosystem and provides key capabilities that enable the ABDM vision.
  • Under the mission, every citizen shall be provided with a digital health ID in a digitally protected environment.
  • This digital Health ID shall be a repository of all health-related information.
  • It will enable the access and exchange of health records of citizens with their consent.

Key building blocks of ABDM:

  • Ayushman Bharat Health Account (ABHA)
  • Healthcare Professionals Registry (HPR)
  • Health Facility Registry (HFR)
  • Health Information Exchange and Consent Manager (HIE-CM)
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