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Summary: National Health Stack proposes digital infrastructure for Ayushman Bharat

On July 6, the NITI Aayog released a proposal for the National Health Stack (NHS) which is envisioned as a digital infrastructure meant to serve as the backbone of the two-component Ayushman Bharat Scheme, as announced in the Union Budget 2017-18. NHS will set up a holistic electronic system for beneficiaries, doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies from the private and public sector alike. Ayushman Bharat's first component is setting up of 1.5 lakh health and wellness centres to deliver primary healthcare in the country. The second component is the National Health Protection Scheme (also being called Pradhan Matrix - Rashtriya Swasthya Suraksha Mission) to provide an annual health insurance cover of Rs. 5 lakh per family to 10 crore families, or 50 crore people. The NHS will be "built for NHPS but designed beyond NHPS" to enable development of "diverse…

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