In the meeting, NHA officials provided new information on NDHM tenders and consultation papers in the pipeline while responding to questions related to data security and health. In a consultation meeting held last week on the Unified Health Interface - whose consultation paper was released in July- the NHA revealed important details and clarified several questions about the National Digital Health Mission and its components. The Additional CEO of the National Health Authority also said that after nearly a year of the NDHM pilot in 6 Union Territories, it has been decided that it will be rolled out nationally. Why it matters? The consultation paper, for which comments are invited until August 23, revealed the facilities that the UHI would provide, data protection rules it would follow, and the specification committee which would design it. However, it still left some questions unanswered - some of which were answered in the meeting along with other important details about NDHM. What the NHA revealed During the meeting, NHA Addl. CEO and NDHM mission director Praveen Gedam, Joint Director Vikram Pagaria, Executive Director IT Abhishek Kumar, and NHA's IT advisor Kiran Anandampillai revealed key details regarding the UHI. They are highlighted below. 1. Single tender to be floated for entire NDHM's management Gedam and Kumar revealed that a single 'Request for Proposal' (RFP) will be released for public bids to select an entity that will manage the entire NDHM or a management service provider (MSP). Kumar also revealed that this entity would be on-boarded…
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