September 28 2021: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission through a video conference.
He said that the campaign of strengthening health facilities that have been going for the last seven years is entering a new phase today. “Today we are launching a mission that has the potential of bringing a revolutionary change in India’s health facilities”. The Ayushman Bharat – Digital Mission, will now connect the digital health solutions of hospitals across the country with each other. The Mission will not only make the processes of hospitals simplified but also will increase ease of living, he added. Under this, every citizen will now get a digital health ID and their health record will be digitally protected.
With 130 crore (1.3 billion) Aadhaar numbers, 118 crore (1.18 billion) mobile subscribers, about 80 ( 800 million) crore internet users, about 43 crore ( 430 million) Jan Dhan bank accounts, there is no comparable connected infrastructure anywhere in the world. This digital infrastructure is bringing everything from ration to administration (Ration to Prashasan) to the common Indian in a fast and transparent manner.
The Prime Minister remarked that the Arogya Setu app helped a lot in preventing the spread of corona infection. He lauded Co-WIN for its role in making India achieve a record administration of about 90 crore vaccine doses today, under the free vaccine campaign..
He added that there has also been an unprecedented expansion of telemedicine during the Corona period, so far about 125 crores, remote consultations have been completed through e-Sanjeevani. This facility is connecting thousands of countrymen living in far-flung parts of the country every day with doctors of big hospitals of cities while sitting at home. Ayushman Bharat-PMJAY has addressed a key headache in the lives of the poor. So far more than 2 crore (20 million) countrymen have availed the facility of free treatment under this scheme, half of which are women. “these healthcare solutions are a big investment in the present and future of the country.”
A comprehensive network of AIIMS and other modern health institutions is being established in the country and work on establishing one medical college in every three Lok Sabha constituencies is going on. More than 80 thousand such centres have already been operationalized. (more info here: https://pmjay.gov.in/)