Delhites to receive free electronic health cards soon

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Delhites to receive free electronic health cards soon

The card would enable doctors to see a patient's medical history and patients to take appointments

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New Delhi: Under a first of its kind initiative, each citizen of Delhi will get a unique health card of their own which will serve as a repository of their medical information. Information about a person’s eligibility for government’s health programmes will also be available on the health card. Such health cards will be issued on the basis of Voter ID cards. All voters registered in Delhi will get their own health card and children’s cards will be linked to parents.

The initiative comes under Delhi Government’s Health Information Management System project. Moreover, the card would enable doctors to see a patient's medical history and patients to take appointments from home. 

The Health Cards would facilitate the identification of individuals as well as the schemes and programs under which the particular individual is eligible, so he / she may be provided best in class health care services in Delhi. Moreover, the Health Cards will facilitate easy identification of key clinical information, which may be vital for doctors to provide health care services. Also, any new diagnosis would be further included in the health card, ready to be accessed again as and when required. This continuously evolving digital record would help the individual get personalised healthcare anytime and every time from anywhere in Delhi. 

The health card will include secured QR Codes or cryptographs and similar technology to contain encrypted information about the Unique ID, demographic details and key clinical details of individual citizens. Each individual citizen will be assigned a Unique Health ID as per guidelines defined under the National Digital Health Mission (NHDM). 

A voter ID Card of National Capital Territory of Delhi shall be the only mandatory document for registration under Health Card for citizens who are 18 years and above, who would be issued a digital health card. All citizens between 1 to 18 years would be issued a Health Card linked to their parent's Health Card. All newborn Children (up to 01 year of age) would be linked to their Mother's Health Card. 

There will also be provisions for self-registration for Health Cards, through a Web or Mobile based interface of the digital platform. In addition, the issuance of health cards would also be facilitated at registration counters at all Delhi Government Health Institutions/Hospitals. A centralised helpdesk will provide the citizens with the required support like rectification, issuance of new health cards, issuance of duplicate/updated health card etc. Counters will also be established at all Delhi government hospitals, polyclinics and dispensaries.