PM Modi launched the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission on Monday, which aims to create a comprehensive digital health ecosystem that includes a “Digital health ID Card” for each individual, digitalised personal health records, and a nationwide registry of doctors and health facilities. You can choose to apply online for a digital Health ID Card that allows you to share and view your health data with authorized healthcare providers and payers with your approval.

The health ID card is an initiative taken under National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) and fulfils the vision of The Prime Minister for One Nation One Health Card. During the launch event, the PM also stated that the digital mission will play a significant part in resolving issues with delivering medical treatment to the poor and middle classes.

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What is Digital Health ID? How to Apply Online it?

If a person wishes to be a user of the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM), they must first create a health ID, which is a 14-digit number that is given at random. The ID will be used for three purposes: unique identity, authentication, and threading of the beneficiary’s health records across numerous systems and stakeholders, but only with their full consent.

There are two options to get a Health ID; Self-registration through the portal or installing the ABMD Health Records app on a mobile device. A health ID can also be requested at a participating health facility. This may include government or private hospitals, community health centres, and government wellness centres all over India.

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In order to give consent and share health records in the future; the recipient will need to create a Personal Health Records (PHR) address. PHR is a basic self-declared username. A user needs this to sign into a Health Information Exchange and Consent Manager by the beneficiary (HIE-CM). To facilitate the sharing of health records data, users need to link each health ID to a consent manager.

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What do I Need to Register for a Digital Health ID Card?

ABDM currently facilitates the generation of unique IDs via mobile or Aadhaar. According to the official website, ABDM will soon release new features for linking. This will allow users to create health IDs using a PAN card or a driver’s licence. In order to create your unique ID through mobile or Aadhaar; the beneficiary would need to give information such as name, year of birth, gender, address, and mobile number/Aadhaar.