In a letter to the secretaries of all central departments and directors of all central hospitals, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan advised government health facilities to procure and install a health care system. Health / Hospital Information Management (HMIS), also known as Hospital Information System (HIS), in their facilities to generate digital health records.
The government has decided that all of its healthcare facilities will participate in the Ayushman Bharat – ABDM digital mission (formerly known as the National Digital Health Mission – NDHM), which was launched nationwide by Prime Minister Narendra Modi September 27, says the letter.
Thus, all public establishments (hospitals, clinics, laboratories, pharmacies, radiology centers, etc.) where a health service is provided are required to register in the Register of Health Establishments (HFR), under ABDM.
The registration of all physicians working full-time or part-time for institutions must be done on the register of health professionals (HPR) under the ABDM, the letter sent on November 9 said.
“For effective digitalization of healthcare in India, healthcare providers need to start generating digital healthcare records. To facilitate this, government health facilities are advised to procure and install a Health / Hospital Information Management System (HMIS), also known as Hospital Information System (HIS) , in their facilities. The chosen solution must be ABDM compliant, ”the letter said.
The government has also made available two such solutions that are recommended for use – e-Hospital by NIC (National Center for Computing) and e-Sushrut by C-DAC (Center for the Development of Advanced Computing).
The National Health Authority (NHA) has been tasked with implementing this initiative.
“We ask that these activities can be started as soon as possible and that the necessary follow-up can also be carried out at your level. We count on your continued support to ensure the success of the mission,” the letter added.