Prime Minister Narendra Modi has laid extensive emphasis on advancing the National Digital Health Mission. In this scheme connecting health services with civic amenities in the tech-rich era, a health card will be made for every citizen of the country.
Like the Aadhaar card, the health card will be a health identity card, through which complete information about the health of the person will be available. To get treatment at any place across the country, only the health ID will be required to be mentioned.
The National Digital Health Mission has been implemented by the National Health Authority under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Be aware that the Ayushman Bharat Scheme is also being implemented by the National Health Authority. The most important health card in this plan is to be.
Health card will in a way be the foundation on which the entire digital health mission will be built on the foundation. In the creation of a health card, a person will need his mobile number or Aadhaar number along with general information.
Physicians, hospitals, and clinics will be connected to a central server to keep the patient's health data. This scheme will be voluntary for the citizens and hospitals of the country. It also takes care of the matter of taking special care of privacy.
The website and app will play the most important role in the implementation of this entire mission. In this mission, various facilities like Health ID, Health Record, Digital Doctor and Health Facility Registry are being provided.
While treating personal health records on a platform, the concerned doctor will know the patient's health history through the app while treating. This will save you the inconvenience and expense of having to undergo separate tests from one hospital to another.
This will save the patient's time and money, while the doctor will also be able to get treatment. Private and government doctors across the country will be able to register themselves under the Digital Doctor Scheme.
These doctors will also be given digital signatures for free, which can be used to write the form. With the help of telemedicine, patients will be able to get online treatment from any doctor registered on this platform.
The facility of ordering online medicines from the card will also be provided under the e-pharmacy. In the initial phase of the scheme, health id, personal health record, digital doctor and health facility registry will be available. Telemedicine and e-pharmacy facilities will be added later. The biggest benefit of this will be for the government to make its own health policy.
What has been described in the theoretical side of this scheme, will they be so simple in practical terms, it will be a matter to be seen. In this entire scheme, everything will depend on the creation of a health ID.
Even in rural India, where it is taking time to reach basic health facilities, the creation of health id will not be less than a big challenge. This scheme is seen from two aspects like rural and urban, rural India is inefficient compared to urban India in terms of technical knowledge, health facilities, and resources.
In the context of present rural India, the annual report on rural health of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare stated the huge reduction in the number of health workers in the country.
According to this report, the condition of primary health centers was not good. According to the standards in primary health centers, there should normally be 13 to 21 health workers. These include a medical officer, an accountant cum data entry operator, a pharmacist, an AYUSH pharmacist, three nurses, a female health worker, a female health assistant, a health educator, a lab technician, a cold chain and vaccine logistics assistant, Group D The two employees should be a sanitation worker cum watchman. The ground sky is the difference between the fixed standard and the actual ground level.
The National Digital Health Mission also talks about the facility of digital doctors. The Corona era has interviewed many truths in the health sector. In this scheme, while it is being said to register doctors under the digital doctor facility, the number of vacant doctors in the country seems to be increasing the workload on available doctors.
The World Health Organization presents the standard of a physician at a population of one thousand, while India has about seven physicians at a population of 10,000. There is only one allopathic doctor in the rural areas of India with a population of 26,000. The situation in Bengal is most pathetic in terms of availability of doctors. According to the report of the National Health Profile 2019, there are only 881 doctors in the rural areas of Bengal with about 6.2 crore population.
It will be a matter of thinking how much of the population will see so few doctors, how much work they will be able to do with the help of technology. In rural areas of Jharkhand and Bihar, there is only one doctor for a population of 50,000. Therefore, till the number of doctors does not increase, there will be obstacles in the path of successful implementation on the ground of this scheme.