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National Health Authority plans to incorporate nominee-based access to health data

Instituting nominees for health data access in emergencies has been a demand raised in public consultations conducted by NHA

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The National Health Authority is working on allowing nominees to grant consent to access health records on behalf of a patient in emergency situations, Abhishek Kumar, the authority's IT director said on 4th December. Speaking at a webinar to simplify the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM) for healthcare associations and doctors, Kumar said that in the new system an individual with a health ID may be able to appoint a nominee to manage their consent in cases of medical emergencies. "We are still working up on it and we have come up with this idea of nominees so that should take care of such scenarios (emergencies)," Kumar had added. Nominees for situations of medical emergencies has been a demand stakeholders have put forth during consultation meetings on the health mission. Currently under the health mission, data is shared through a consent manager framework based only on permissions from the health ID user which has raised concerns about access to such data when such a user is in a medical emergency or otherwise unable to give consent. Is this a good move? What risks can patients face and what precautions should be taken by the NHA? Leave a comment How is data currently shared under the ABDM? According to the ABDM's health data management policy data sharing under the health mission will be managed by a Health Information Exchange- Consent Manager (HIE-CM).  The HIE-CM will enable health records sharing between health information user (HIU), provider (HIP) or repository (HRP)- the different…

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