Government to reuse Aarogya Setu and CoWIN platforms to manage larger public health initiatives | Latest India News

Central government redirects Aarogya Setu and CoWIN, the two digital health platforms effectively used to monitor and manage Covid-19 pandemic, to handle other public health issues under digital mission Ayushman Bharat, RS Sharma, chief executive of the National Health Authority, said on Sunday.

“We are reorienting India’s digital health solutions. Corona has produced two important digital health solutions. One was Aarogya Setu. There are 240 million downloads of Arogya Setu. And since Corona seems to be coming out of our lives, hopefully this app is being repurposed and will now take care of India’s digital health issues,” Sharma said. “If you go to the hospital, you won’t have to queue to register; you can scan and get the OPD card.

Aarogya Setu was launched as a contact tracing app for Covid-19. It was relaunched as a health and wellness app. CoWIN has been widely used to facilitate vaccination against Covid-19 and will now be used for India’s universal immunization program.

“CoWIN, which was a Covid vaccination app, is also being repurposed,” Sharma said. “We’re reallocating it to the universal immunization program, so you can use it to find and get 12 other essential vaccines under the national immunization program, like the polio vaccine.”

The Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission was launched on September 27, 2021. Less than a year after its launch, the Digital Mission has passed the milestone of 10 million digitally linked health records, with over 2.7 million records linked in a day, according to data shared by the health authority.

“This reflects an important step in the digitization of health records in the country,” Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Sunday.

In addition, at least 150,000 health facilities have been registered in the register of health facilities and around 80,000 health professionals have been registered in the register of health professionals. So far, 7.11, 571 ABHA app downloads have occurred.

“Over the past decade, India has created many digital public platforms, such as Aadhar, UPI (united payments interface), electronic KYC 9know your customer), digital lockers, etc., which is unique to his own way,” Sharma says. “This is what we are also doing in the field of health. At the service level, we create registries for doctors, medications, diagnoses, health records, etc. »

On August 15, 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the ABDM as a pilot project in six union territories, which was expanded last year, Sharma said.

Digital platforms are very scalable, he said. “For the Covid vaccination, we recorded 200,000 doses on the first day, January 16, 2021, and then we reached 25 million vaccinations per day, so that’s scalability.”

On the AB-PMJAY front, the government aims to deliver one million Ayushman Bharat cards every day, Mandaviya said on Sunday during the inauguration of the Arogya Manthan 2022 to celebrate four years of AB-PMJAY and one year of implementation of ABDM.

At least 39.5 million admissions representing So far, 45,294 crore has been paid out under the government’s flagship health insurance scheme, while 190 million beneficiaries have Ayushman Bharat cards so far, according to official data.

“Previously, 1-1.5 lakh Ayushman cards were made daily. Now 4-5 lakh are made daily. My target is to make 10 lakh cards every day,” Mandaviya said.

As part of the Ayushman Bharat health infrastructure mission, approximately 100 crores will be spent in each district to strengthen the country’s health infrastructure, the health minister said.

Sharma said that apart from the beneficiaries, the implementing authority also thought to keep the interests of the hospitals in mind.

“We have reviewed packages in the past and will continue to review packages for the benefit of hospitals. What is needed now is the involvement of all stakeholders and that is what we want in order to achieve universal health coverage in India,” said Sharma.


    Rhythma Kaul works as an assistant editor at the Hindustan Times. She covers health and related topics including Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.
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