Ayushman Digital Mission: Karnataka Leads in Health Facility Registration

Karnataka has so far linked the personal health records of almost 1.81 lakh patients on the E-hospital portal

Karnataka has so far linked the personal health records of almost 1.81 lakh patients on the E-hospital portal

From a mere 124 healthcare professionals verified in its Healthcare Professional Registry (HPR) under Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM) in July, Karnataka is now the first in the country with 25,511 professionals registered in its HPR.

Similarly, with 23,983 health facilities verified under the ABDM, Karnataka now has the second highest number of health facilities in the Health Facility Register (HFR). Uttar Pradesh leads in this category with 28,774 verified installs.

According to the ABDM dashboard launched by the National Health Authority, Karnataka has so far established 88.8 lakh Ayushman Bharat Health Accounts (ABHA). With this, Karnataka is in 12th position in terms of ABHAs created. Out of the total 24.46 crore of ABHAs created in the country, Andhra Pradesh is the highest contributor with 3.41 crore as of Thursday.

With 800 integrators and more than 40 integrated digital health service applications, ABDM aims to digitize healthcare delivery by building an ecosystem that relies on government and private sector collaboration. Under the ABDM, each citizen would be assigned a unique health identity. At the same time, a complete register of all doctors – from subspecialists to general practitioners – will be compiled.

Public hospitals rewarded

State Health Commissioner Randeep D., who is also the state’s ABDM Mission Director, said The Hindu on Wednesday that Karnataka has so far linked personal health records (PHR) of almost 1.81 lakh patients on the E-hospital portal.

“The government-run KC General Hospital, Bengaluru has been awarded the National Health Authority’s ‘Ayushman Utkrishtata Puraskaar’ award for being the best government facility in the country for digitizing the most ABHA-related PHRs. The award was presented during the Arogya Manthan 2022 held in Delhi on Monday,” he said.

“The assessment deadline for the ABDM assessment was September 19 and till then the top three health facilities in India for the PHR linkage were from our state. Besides KC General, Dharwad and Vijayapura district hospitals had the most important links. We haven’t missed a single opportunity to promote interoperability and its benefits to people. Once they witnessed the benefits of digitization, it was easier to get them to understand,” he said.

Private hospitals

“To show the ease of the process to stakeholders, all government health facilities were registered in the first phase. But the main challenge was to push private hospitals to register. We involved the Association of Private Hospitals and Retirement Homes (PHANA) and other specialist associations and told them that they would only be recognized on the digital platform by the ABDM,” the commissioner said.

“We told them that the common ID number for KPME registration renewal, organ transplant license and SAST registration for AB-ArK will be the ABDM healthcare facility ID. And, doctors who want to do that would also be registered. Following this, the registration of private healthcare professionals and institutions increased,” he said.

Challenges

“There is apprehension about privacy and data security. But, we clarify that there is no threat because all these settings are OTP based. In addition to this, multiple platforms for creating and linking PHR and creating/updating health records in Hospital Information Management System (HIMS) are the other challenges we are facing” , he added.

“We are working to raise awareness about PHR through social media and extensive decentralized outreach information, education and communication campaigns,” he added.

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