Practo, Apollo Hospitals, Jio's HealthHub app, and Paytm are among the private tech (and healthcare) entities that have been integrated with the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission, according to a press release issued by the National Health Authority (NHA) on February 8. It means that these entities can now provide their services through the multi-tiered, national digital health system. Multiple government entities have also been integrated like the CoWIN platform, ANM AP HEALTH app for the Andhra Pradesh Medical Staff, EHR by Andhra Pradesh Health and Family Welfare Department, Beneficiary Identification System (BIS) of Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY) by the NHA, etc. In total, 27 such entities have been integrated with the ABDM, as per the press release. The ABDM deals with the sensitive health data of citizens which, if abused, may lead to discrimination and psychological harms; the project has already faced allegations of coercing individuals for enrolment. Hence, it is important to track which private entities receive authorisation to participate in the project. What are the responsibilities of integrated platforms? To create and capture Unique Health IDs (or Ayushman Bharat Health Accounts) Build services for Health Information Providers (HIP) to be able to share health records via a personal health records app Build services for doctors or Health Information Users (HIUs) to view these records Full list of platforms that have been integrated Here are the integrations that have been authorised to fulfil all three responsibilities, according to the ABDM Sandbox website: MedMantra Health Information Management System…
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