DigiLocker Strengthens Ayushman Bharat Health Account (ABHA)
DigiLocker, the authentic documents exchange platform under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology successfully completed recently its second-level of integration with Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM). The secure cloud-based storage platform of DigiLocker can be used now as a health locker for storing and accessing health records such as vaccination records, doctor prescriptions, lab reports, hospital discharge summaries etc.
DigiLocker had earlier completed level 1 integration with ABDM wherein the platform had added ABHA or Ayushman Bharat Health Account creation facility for its 13 crore users. The latest integration will now enable users to utilize DigiLocker as a Personal Health Records (PHR) app.
In addition to this, ABHA holders can also link their health records from different ABDM registered health facilities like hospitals and labs and access them via DigiLocker. Users can also scan and upload their old health records on the app. Further, they can share selected records with ABDM registered healthcare professionals.
According to Dr.R.S.Sharma, CEO, National Health Authority (NHA) , “Under the ABDM, we are building an inter-operable health ecosystem. The different applications from both the public and private sector partners integrating with ABDM are helping expand the reach of the scheme to more users and adding more functionalities. DigiLocker is a trusted and popular app to access authentic documents. Therefore, it is a significant development as users would now get to use it as a PHR app and get the benefits of paperless record keeping.”
Speaking about the integration, Shri Abhishek Singh, MD & CEO, Digital India Corporation points out, “We are proud to extend the benefits of ABDM to our 130 million registered users. The platform has already helped generate close to 85 thousand ABHA numbers. With the health locker integration, we’re positive that more people would be able to easily link and manage their health records digitally. DigiLocker aims to be the preferred health locker for ABHA users.”
The health locker services are now available to all registered users of DigiLocker.
Digital health lockers bring in several benefits. In times of emergency, your bulky health record folders may not be readily accessible – we have all faced situations where we cannot locate our historical medical records, preventing the doctor from providing the best and most accurate diagnosis.
The user can set up the health locker in an auto mode so that whenever a new record is created against your health ID, it gets fetched by the locker automatically. The user may have their records at different hospitals as well as diagnostic labs. But with the locker, they can all be fetched and accessed by the patient in one place and also be shared across healthcare providers. This way, your locker is always updated with all your health information. You can also add family members to your account, making it a very convenient option to store and manage all your family records in one place.
It is pertinent to note that the customer has complete control of all his records – and no documents can be shared without the customer’s explicit consent. Data privacy is non-negotiable and it is ensured that one’s locker is safe and secure!