Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission: More than 800 active integrations on Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission: NHA

Bengaluru: More than 800 integrations with Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM) are currently active in ABDM sandbox which will enable providing of health services like teleconsultations, diagnostic services, ambulance services and lab tests among others.

A reference app for the United Health Interface (which will take care of interoperability of health services) will also be rolled out in the next one month.

R S Sharma, CEO, National Health Authority said, “We have done a number of horizontal artefacts like Aadhaar, Digital Locker, electronic KYC, authentication, e-sign, and e-consent. Now we are foraying into various domains including health with ABDM. We have gone beyond platform architecture to network architecture.” Just like the mail transfer protocol does not require both parties to use the same email, ABDM does not need everybody to be on the same platform,” Sharma said while speaking at a NASSCOM Conclave in Bengaluru on Monday.

As per the ABDM website, more than 22.33 crore health IDs have been created, 62,182 health facilities registered, 14,840 doctors registered, more than 5.43 lakh downloads of the Health Records App has been done, 867 integrators are active out of which 40 of them have been successful.

“United Health Interface aims to increase accessibility of services by promoting interoperability. It aims to expand the digital health service market by making it easier for a doctor to be searchable, have transparent pricing, enable easy monetisation of second consultations, and move patients towards preventive care,” said Praveen Gedam, additional CEO of NHA speaking at the same event.

Those who have integrated with ABDM include companies like Narayana Health, SRL Diagnostics, practo, thoughtworks,

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The ABDM has developed building blocks and APIs to offer a seamless digital healthcare experience for all stakeholders – health facilities, patients and healthcare workers. The digital infrastructure developed is now accessible to health facilities and health tech players for integration.

ABDM-powered services include ABHA (Ayushman Bharat Health Account) Number capture and verification, in the testing environment called Sandbox. The key building blocks of ABDM are: ABHA, Healthcare Professionals Registry (HPR), Health Facility Registry (HFR) and Health Information Exchange & Consent Manager (HIE-CM).

These building blocks are designed to enable identification of participating entities (health care providers, patients and health professionals) and enable exchange of interoperable health data with patient consent.

“Nobody will own ABDM. Government will provide a framework. This is where one takes comfort that nobody will have a monopoly. Today, UPI may be cornered by a couple of players but there is no entry barrier, anyone can come in. One does not have to make clients, just download an application and start working. India will now become a product nation and not just a call centre-nation,” added Sharma.

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