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Summary: The National Digital Health Mission’s Sandbox Framework

The National Digital Health Mission, which will be overseen by the National Health Authority, has now laid out a framework to run a sandbox to test new products and services to form a digital health architecture under the Mission. Here is an explainer of the sandbox. What is the National Digital Health Mission sandbox? Like any other sandbox, the National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) sandbox will allow technology and products to be tested in a contained environment for a defined period to eventually deploy successfully tested products to a larger market. It is understood from the sandbox document that the APIs developed under the Health Stack will be tested by participants under the mission. The sandbox mandatorily needs to include the building blocks of NDHM, with new or emerging technology or use of existing technology in an innovative way that also benefits consumers. The “core building blocks of healthcare” — Health ID, DigiDoctor, Health Facility Registry — will be tested in the sandbox. According to the framework, it "paves the way" for an institution or system to become a Health Information Provider and Health Information User, concepts first introduced by iSPIRT in June. The sandbox will help “organisations which want to be part of the National Digital Health Ecosystem to become a Health Information Provider or Health Information User or efficiently link with building blocks of NDHM”. Both alpha and beta testing of products will be allowed, and access to the NDHM ecosystem shall be “primarily through the sandbox”. What…

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