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Industry body releases self-regulatory code for e-diagnostics platforms

It comes at a time when India’s health digitisation project is gaining steam.

Supporting the government's public health efforts is one of the obligations of e-diagnostics platforms in India, as per a self-regulatory code released by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) last week. These are platforms that offer the collection, transportation, and testing of patient samples, as well as other services. FICCI comprises members spanning the pharmaceutical, healthcare, and health tech sectors, including Dr. Reddy's Laboratories and Practo. Members may voluntarily comply with the code, FICCI stated. Under India's health digitisation project - the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM) - medical laboratories will be classified as healthcare facilities in the proposed Health Facility Registry. The Unified Health Interface, another component of the ABDM to offer teleconsultations, will also see the involvement of e-diagnostic platforms and health tech apps. Who does the code apply to? FICCI defines 'e-diagnostics platforms' as those that perform one or more of the following functions through an app, platform, or a tie-up with an aggregator like Practo or Pharmeasy, based on user requests: Transport samples from a patient's house, hospital, health camp, etc., to the lab Provide testing of samples, either in-house or outsourced to another lab Deliver reports of the test results to the user What are the obligations of e-diagnostics platforms? Verification of listed organisations Provide following details of laboratories listed on aggregator apps:  Address of corporate office Contact details of corporate office Accreditation Licenses Pricing Estimated time of delivery Details of test pricing and packages Preparations needed before tests Include labs based on evaluation: A…

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