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India National Health Authority Develops Public Dashboard for Healthcare Data

The National Health Authority (NHA), under the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM), has launched a public dashboard for real-time information about ABDM core registries, including Ayushman Bharat Health Account (ABHA) numbers, the Healthcare Professionals Registry (HPR), and the Health Facility Registry (HFR).

According to a press release, the dashboard displays data related to the number of ABHA generated, healthcare professionals registered, and digital health records linked with ABHA. As of 30 May, there were 221 million health accounts. Over 16.6 thousand healthcare professionals registered on the HPR, more than 69.4 thousand health facilities registered on the HFR, and over 180,000 health records linked by users.

The dashboard also has granular details about the number of health facilities (such as hospitals and laboratories) that are registered daily as well as the total number so far. It provides information on national and state/union territory levels. The information is further segregated based on gender and age. For HFR, the dashboard presents the data through infographics based on ownership (government or private), systems of medicine, and state-wise facilities registered under the ABDM. Similarly, for the HPR, the dashboard segregates data based on the professional’s employment type (government or private sector), systems of medicine, and the state/union territory from where the applications have been received.

The NHA CEO, R.S. Sharma, claimed that ABDM is built on the principles of accessibility, transparency, inclusivity, and interoperability. The ABDM public dashboard makes updated information related to the scheme public domain. “This gives a clear picture of the progress made by ABDM ecosystem partners since we have included the data related to [the] number of ABHA created by different partners as well as the number of health records linked platform-wise,” he stated.

The ABHA number generation facility is also available via popular digital health applications like the COVID-19 vaccination registration portal CoWIN, Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY), and Aarogya Setu. The dashboard also displays each partner’s performance and the number of health records linked by each partnering app.

ABHA is an upgraded version of the National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) health records application. It was released last week and is available on the Google play store. So far, the new version has been downloaded more than 510,000 times.

As reported on OpenGov Asia, the upgraded ABHA app has a new user interface and added functionalities that enable individuals to access their health records at all times. Users can create an ABHA address that can be linked to a 14-digit randomly generated ABHA number. The application also allows users to link their health records created at ABDM-compliant health facilities and access them on their smartphones. Users can upload physical health records in ABDM-compliant health lockers and share digital health records (diagnostic reports, prescriptions, COVID-19 vaccination certificates) through the ABDM network. Other features include the ability to edit profiles and link or unlink the ABHA number with the ABHA address. Soon, users will be able to log in using biometric data like face or fingerprint authentication or by scanning a QR code at the counter of an ABDM-compliant facility for express registration. The iOS version of the ABHA mobile application will be launched shortly.

The ABHA app will be instrumental in helping citizens create longitudinal health records. Patients can access their health records in seconds by saving their health history on a single platform. The digitisation of data exchange will ensure information security and better clinical decision-making.

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