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The National Digital Health Mission (NDHM)

The National Digital Health Mission (NDHM)

  • The National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) aims to develop the backbone necessary to support the integrated digital health infrastructure of the country. It will bridge the existing gap amongst different stakeholders of Healthcare ecosystem through digital highways.

    Universal Health Coverage

    NDHM shall create a seamless online platform “through the provision of a wide range of data, information and infrastructure services, duly leveraging open, interoperable, standards-based digital systems” while ensuring the security, confidentiality and privacy of health-related personal information.


  • To strengthen the accessibility and equity of health services, including the continuum of care with citizen as the owner of data, in a holistic healthcare programme approach leveraging IT & associated technologies and support the existing health systems in a ‘citizen-centric’ approach, the NDHM envisages the following specific objectives:
  • To establish state-of-the-art digital health systems, to manage the core digital health data, and the infrastructure required for its seamless exchange;
  • To establish registries at the appropriate level to create a single source of truth in respect of clinical establishments, healthcare professionals, health workers, drugs and pharmacies;
  • To enforce the adoption of open standards by all national digital health stakeholders;
  • To create a system of personal health records, based on international standards, easily accessible to individuals and healthcare professionals and services providers, based on the individual’s informed consent;
  • To promote the development of enterprise-class health application systems with a special focus on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals for health;
  • To adopt the best principles of cooperative federalism while working with the States and Union Territories for the realization of the vision;
  • To ensure that the healthcare institutions and professionals in the private sector participate actively with public health authorities in the building of the NDHM, through a combination of prescription and promotion;
  • To ensure national portability in the provision of health services;
  • To promote the use of clinical decision support (CDS) systems by health professionals and practitioners;
  • To promote better management of the health sector leveraging health data analytics and medical research;
  • To provide for enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of governance at all levels;
  • To support effective steps being taken for ensuring the quality of healthcare; and
  • To strengthen existing health information systems, by ensuring their conformity with the defined standards and integration with the proposed NDHM.
  • The current strong public digital infrastructure—including that related to Aadhaar, Unified Payments Interface and wide reach of the Internet and mobile phones (JAM trinity) —provides a strong platform for establishing the building blocks of NDHM. The existing ability to digitally identify people, doctors, and health facilities, facilitate electronic signatures, ensure non-repudiable contracts, make paperless payments, securely store digital records, and contact people provide opportunities to streamline healthcare information through digital management.

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  1. The National Health Authority (NHA), which is also the apex agency responsible for the implementation of Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana has been given the mandate by the government to design, build, roll-out and implement the NDHM in the country. The six Union Territories where the mission has been rolled out through a pilot launch are Chandigarh, Ladakh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, Puducherry, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep.

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