The National Health Authority (NHA) under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, recently published a consultation paper on the Health Facility Registry (HFR). This registry is being introduced as a singular database on healthcare facilities, as opposed to the current system, where data on hospitals, clinics, and so on are scattered across several verticals under the health ministry. The system is currently operational on a pilot basis in six Union Territories of the country. Main principles of HFR Voluntary opt-in and opt-out Facility ID that will ensure contents are unique and that there is only one entry for each facility Entities in the registry will be maintaining their information themselves Verification trail for changes made in the registry Linkages to existing databases This consultation paper comes nearly a year after the Indian technology lobby group iSPIRT, as part of…
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