Govt selects SKIMS for Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission in J&K

SKIMS doctors during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address on Saturday.
SKIMS doctors during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address on Saturday.

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, Feb 26: The Government of India has selected the Sher-e-Kashmir Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura as a starting point for the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission Project (ABDM) in J&K, the rollout of which was today approved by the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Officials told Excelsior that SKIMS being the biggest hospital in J&K will act as a starting point for the project whose pilot run has earlier been carried out in 6 UTs in the country.
They said that under the project, a unique ID will be given to the people and by using that, they can avail healthcare services anywhere across the country. “In J&K, SKIMS has been tasked to start doing it,” the officials said.
Under the scheme, the citizens will be entitled to create their unique accounts and beneficiaries will be enabled to link their digital health records.
In this regard, SKIMS said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the stakeholders through a webinar today and from SKIMS, Director SKIMS/EOSG, Medical Superintendent and Superintending Engineer (IT) attended the online session.
SKIMS said that the scheme is aimed to make effective use of technology in public health care delivery making it more inclusive and equitable.
The project, as per the details, has a budget of Rs1,600 crore for five years while the National Health Authority (NHA) will be the implementing agency of Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM).
Based on the foundations laid down in the form of Jan Dhan, Aadhaar and Mobile (JAM) trinity and other digital initiatives of the Government, the Government said that the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM) is creating a seamless online platform through the provision of a wide range of data, information and infrastructure services, duly leveraging open, interoperable, standards-based digital systems while ensuring the security, confidentiality and privacy of health-related personal information.
Under the ABDM, Government said, citizens will be able to create their ABHA (Ayushman Bharat Health Account) numbers, to which their digital health records can be linked.
“This will enable the creation of longitudinal health records for individuals across various healthcare providers, and improve clinical decision making by healthcare providers. The mission will improve equitable access to quality healthcare by encouraging the use of technologies such as telemedicine and enabling national portability of health services,” the Government said.
It is to be noted that the pilot of ABDM was completed in the six Union Territories of Ladakh, Chandigarh, Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu, Puducherry, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep with successful demonstration of technology platform developed by the NHA.