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New document reveals software to be used for certifying NDHM sandbox participants

The empaneled agencies will be assessing the integration of other private or public entities who participate in the NDHM sandbox to build products and services. A new Request for Empanelment (RFE) issued by the National Health Authority has revealed the NHA's plans to use software to facilitate the exit of players from the National Digital Health Mission Sandbox. The players would then enter the live environment of the mission. Why it matters? Earlier, the framework of the Sandbox said that the certification would be the responsibility of MeitY's Standardization Testing and Quality Certification Directorate (STQC). Players who are a part of the NDHM Sandbox create products and services which could, following certification, become a part of the actual mission. The NDHM has been built to handle sensitive health data like Unique Health IDs, longitudinal health records (potentially from birth to death), health professionals and health facilities' registries, and so on. Although the initial guidelines from the NHA had mentioned that it would use the services of 'empaneled vendors' in the certification process for the "NDHM Sandbox exit", it did not mention who these vendors would be or that the certification would be determined using software. What the RFE requires empaneled agencies to do Develop a self-assessment certificate service/tool to automate the Sandbox exit process within a period of 4 months This tool will evaluate the integrations performed by each participant in terms of functionality with NDHM ecosystem APIs and issue a pass and fail certification. Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) allow a…

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