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Unified Health Interface will be operational this week, says NHA CEO RS Sharma

Sharma also discussed incentivising medical workers, engaging startups, and working as a facilitator at an IAMAI event.

“Unified Health Interface (UHI) will be going live this week. We are inviting the entire community to give comments,” Dr. RS Sharma, CEO, National Health Authority (NHA), said in response to a question at the India Digital Summit organised by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI). He was speaking in a session on 'Data, Digital, and Public Healthcare Delivery' that was moderated by Prashant Tandon, CEO of Tata 1mg. Sharma revealed that the digitisation of health records is one of the challenges looming over the successful rollout of UHI. “It takes time to change our habits when we are used to writing on a piece of paper. We will have to provide a number of tools to make it easy for doctors to go digital under this new system,” he said. What is UHI? UHI is a part of the NHA’s National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) which was launched in August 2020 and includes other components like the Healthcare Professionals Registry, Health Facility Registry, Unique Health ID, National Digital Health Blueprint, and so on. The interface is proposed to follow an Open Network Protocol to dispense digital health services based on shared technical standards which will allow health services providers as well as patients to use one platform. UHI is based on the principle of interoperability, along the lines of UPI (Unified Payments Interface) which has altered the payments landscape. UHI is touted to have a similar impact on the healthcare system. However, several privacy experts and activists…

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