In India with Aadhar Card, the Government was able to digitize all Indian citizen data and create a powerful base for digitization. Next came the UPI through which the financial sector was digitized at a scale and speed never seen before. Now the Indian government has set its focus on digitizing health records for patients through ABHA – Ayushman Bharat Health Account Number.

Digitization has brought many benefits to patients, making healthcare more accessible, convenient, and efficient.

Here is how Digitization helps patients:

1. Electronic health records (EHRs) or Health Information Management System (HIMS):
HIMS provides patients with easy access to their medical records, allowing them to review their medical history, test results, and medications. This can help patients stay informed about their health and take an active role in their care. ABHA by the Indian Government is HIMS for every Indian citizen.

2. Telemedicine:
Telemedicine enables patients to consult with healthcare providers remotely, allowing them to receive care from the comfort of their homes. This can be particularly beneficial for patients who may have mobility or transportation issues, or who live in Tier 2, Tier 3 cities, and villages.

3. Mobile health (mHealth):
Mobile health applications allow patients to track their health and communicate with healthcare providers in real-time. Patients can monitor their symptoms, track their medication use, and receive reminders to take their medications or attend appointments.

4. Improved communication:
Digital communication tools, such as secure messaging and teleconferencing, enable patients to communicate with their healthcare providers quickly and easily. This can help patients get answers to their questions and address concerns about their health.

5. Big data analytics:
Digitization enables healthcare providers to collect and analyze large amounts of data, which can be used to develop personalized treatment plans for patients. This can lead to more effective treatments and better health outcomes.

Overall, Digitization has made healthcare more accessible, convenient, and patient-centered, enabling patients to take a more active role in their care and improve their health outcomes.

With a lack of solid health infrastructure in remote areas, Access to healthcare for all Indian citizens is a big challenge for the government. Digitization can surely make a lot of difference in this regard. Our article in Gujarat Mail.