EXCLUSIVE: E-commerce, payment platforms to integrate with Unified Health Interface under Ayushman Bharat, says NHA

E-commerce and online payment platforms will soon be integrated into the Unified Health Interface (UHI) under the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM), the National Health Authority Government has confirmed (NHA) of India. business today.

The UHI, supported by the central government, is an open network designed to enable the delivery of interoperable digital health services.

After the integration of these platforms with the UHI, users can benefit from a large number of health services such as teleconsultation with a doctor, laboratory services, digital transfer of test reports or medical records. health to the doctor and digital payment for any of the above services. .

“Along with companies and organizations in the healthcare sector, players who are otherwise mainly in e-commerce or payment systems, such as Paytm or Flipkart, have also started to integrate with us. We have a dedicated page on the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission website where we show all the partners who have integrated with us so far,” said Kiran Gopal Vaska, Director, NHA.

“More than 800 integrators are currently in various stages of integration. Notable names like SRL Diagnostics, Dr Lal Path Labs, Apollo Hospitals, new health tech companies like DocPrime, DRiefcase, etc., government apps like Aarogya Setu, are some of the companies and brands that have integrated into the UHI,” he said.

The NHA is the nodal government agency implementing the ABDM. The ABDM, the central government said, aims to create a seamless online platform through the provision of a wide range of data, information and infrastructure services, making due use of open digital systems , interoperable and standards-based while ensuring security, privacy and data privacy. personal health information.

“The UHI has robust interoperability which is the next great frontier to enable seamless transfer of patient data. The aggregation of massive patient data is a great healthcare opportunity for both public and private sectors,” said said Vaska, adding that the UHI will be a catalyst to bring people together and digitize their health records and health services by enabling this interoperability.

The NHA is also responsible for implementing another Indian government flagship program – Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY). AB-PMJAY is the union government’s flagship scheme that provides coverage of up to Rs 5 lakhs per family per year, for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization. PMJAY, a cashless and paperless access to services for the beneficiary at the point of service, aims to cover more than 10.74 crore vulnerable eligible families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries) will be eligible for these benefits. With health insurance being another government priority, the UHI can also impact insurance claims.

“In fact, UHI is going to have a seamless interaction with the health claims exchange. In an open network, such as UHI, patients and health service providers may be on different apps, but will be able to interact from Insurance is also becoming an integral part of the entire digital healthcare space, as the UHI also aims to improve or reduce out-of-pocket expenses through better health coverage or health coverage. insurance,” Vaska said.

Vaska explained that when it comes to aggregating patient data, the UHI will allow data to be shared from anywhere to anywhere anyone wants to see or access for the purpose of provide health care.

“Mass patient data aggregation is a slightly different concept where UHI does not really come into play where all participating entities in the Ayushman Bharat digital mission share anonymized aggregated data for analysis, that could be used by those sharing the data themselves,” he said.