Now one can generate 14-digit unique health ID — Ayushman Bharat Health Account number — from Aarogya Setu app. In a move to expand the user base for its flagship Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission, the government has decided to integrate it with the Aarogya Setu app, which already has 21. 4 crore users.
The ABHA number can be used to link existing and new medical records including doctor prescriptions, lab reports, hospital records and also share these records with registered health professionals and health service providers and also access other digital health services while maintaining a common pool of medical history. “As vaccination helps us fight this pandemic, it was essential to repurpose this widely used digital public good. With the integration of Aarogya Setu with ABDM, we will now be able to make the benefits of ABDM available to the users of Aarogya Setu and enable them to join the digital health ecosystem with their due consent. Creation of ABHA is the start. We would soon roll out the functionality to view your digital health records as well,” National Health Authority chief executive R S Sharma said.
Aarogya Setu app has a huge active user base and is already being used for Covid-19 related contact tracing to check risk factors, vaccine booking, certificate download and status check, among other things. This integration with ABDM will add another feature of generating ABHA numbers for the app users.
The budget allocation for the national digital health mission has been proposed at Rs 200 crore for 2022-23, up from merely Rs 75 crore in the revised estimate of the current fiscal.