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India’s Electronic Health Records standards cover ownership, preservation, access to health records and more

India's Electronic Health Record (EHR) Standards are looking to create rules and guidelines around data ownership and privacy standards for storing health data collected digitally from customers, and appears to cover applications and devices that collect health data too. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare which notified the standards in February 2016, has published them online for comments by the 20th of May. An Electronic Health Record refers to various medical records and data that gets generated during any clinical or hospital visits. Importantly, it also includes data generated from self-care and homecare devices and systems, "which is generated 24x7 and also has long-term clinical relevance". The Ministry points towards the need for standardization, saying that lifelong medical records help in better understanding of issues, and "Without standards, a lifelong medical record is simply not possible, as different records from different sources spread across ~80+…

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