NATIONAL DIGITAL HEALTH BLUEPRINT (NDHB)
17, Jul 2019
Prelims level : Governance- Institutional Reforms, Policies; Social Issues- Health Mains level : GS-II- Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. GS-II- Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector or Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
- Prepared by a committee constituted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
- Aims to create an implementation framework for the National Health Stack (NHS) proposed by NITI Aayog.
What is National Health Stack (NHS)
- The National Health Stack (NHS) envisages a centralized health record for all citizens of the country in order to streamline the health information and facilitate effective management of the same.
Objectives of NDHB
- Establishing and managing the core digital health data and the infrastructure required for its seamless exchange;
- Promoting the adoption of open standards by all the actors in the National Digital Health Eco- system, for developing several digital health systems that span across the sector from wellness to disease management;
- Creating a system of Personal Health Records, based on international standards, and easily accessible to the citizens and to the service providers, based on citizen-consent;
- Following the best principles of cooperative federalism while working with the States and Union Territories for the realization of the Vision;
Promoting Health Data Analytics and Medical Research;
- Enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of Governance at all levels;
- Ensuring Quality of Healthcare.
- Leveraging the Information Systems already existing in the health sector.
- The key principles of the Blueprint include, from the domain perspective, Universal Health Coverage, Inclusiveness, Security and Privacy by Design, Education and Empowerment of the citizens, and from the technology perspective, Building Blocks, Interoperability, a set of Registries as Single Sources of Truth, Open Standards, Open APIs and above all, a minimalistic approach.