The Ayushman Bharat scheme also referred to as the Modi Care program is an ambitious welfare scheme which Mr Modi is implementing. Under this scheme it is expected that 1.5 lakh health and wellness centers offering preventive and primary care would be operating ont he supply side and over 10 crore plus households would be provided a health insurance of Rs 5 lakhs per family. The idea is to promote both the supply and demand side of health care service.
The ambitious plan which could transform the country in terms of public welfare is likely to also provide an unprecedented boost to the technology suppliers who specialize in the health care sector as the Government is unleashing a visionary digital framework usable by all stake holders in the Ayushman Bharat scheme in the form of the proposed “National Heath Stack” (NHS).
NHS is envisaged to be a holistic platform that supports multiple health verticals and integrates future IT solutions so that by 2022, digital health records of all citizens would be available on the platform.
It is clear that the challenge in terms of the sheer size of the required digital network along with the support features of connectivity, security etc would be providing an opportunity of unprecedented scale to the IT industry in India.
It is time for our businessmen to sit up and take notice of this development and start planning ahead for harnessing the opportunities that may be unleashed under NHS. It is expected that the grand announcement would be made about the roll out of the scheme on August 15 when Mr Modi makes his Independence Day speech which could be the last such occasion before the next election.
The occasion and opportunity is big enough to think that the 2019 Loksabha election could be actually a vote for and against Modi Care program.
While the political minds may keep scratching their heads on the pros and cons of NHS in the political environment, it is time for Cyber Security and Privacy Professionals should focus on the NHS document which has been placed for public comments for which the last date for submission is August 1, 2018.
In case you are yet to take a look at the document, kindly refer to ” National Health Stack Plan… This is the Digital Health Aadhaar Scheme…Available for Public Comment” and ensure that your comments if any is sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Indian Academy of Data Protection Professionals (Proposed National Conglomerate of Data Protection Professionals promoted by Naavi) is planning to conduct a Webinar on NHS on this Sunday, the 29th July 2018. Contact Naavi for details.