Most of the discussion around India’s public health infrastructure in the past year has been centred on fighting Covid-19. But amidst this big challenge, India has taken an important step towards better delivery of healthcare by committing itself to building its digital highways through the National Digital Health Mission (NDHM).
If NDHM works, the familiar scenes of hospital waiting rooms with patients carrying binders of their medical records for the doctor’s reference could soon be history. NDHM’s digital infrastructure is envisioned to enable patients to move seamlessly from one healthcare provider to another. It hopes to create and link distributed databases of patient health to ease access for doctors and hospitals while providing add-on services.
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