NITI Aayog in India proposes National Health Stack to develop unified healthcare infrastructure

National Health Stack

NITI Aayog in India proposes National Health Stack to develop unified healthcare

National Health Stack will see the creation of a digitised and centralised database that can be accessed using the internet. The boost in Ayushman Bharat scheme is real change, the people of India have been looking for.

NITI, National Institution for Transforming India is the premier policy ‘Think Tank’ of the Government of India, providing both directional and policy inputs. The government of India formed this group so that it can provide relevant advice that is technical to the centers and the state. They are now working to develop state of the art resource center that will provide necessary skills and knowledge so that they can promote speed research and innovation thus providing policy and vision to the government.

NITI Aayog has proposed the formation of National Health Stack to develop a centralized healthcare infrastructure. The health stack which is a blueprint of shared healthcare infrastructure will be implemented in the center’s flagship. The scheme Ayushman Bharat will also be involved in the project. The project will give first priority to families from a poor background where they will receive 5lakh per family every year.

This will help in bridging the gap between the healthcare sector in India. The stack will boost the healthcare sector through solutions based on technology.

The stack will solve the problem of multiple registries in recording data in the health sector including health providers such as beneficiaries, hospitals, doctors, and insurers.

More information about drugs and interventions will be given from data released by the government. Existing infrastructure like Aadhaar, e-KYC, k consent framework and digital locker ideas will be leveraged to solve the healthcare issues.

The shared digital infrastructure will be used by the public sector and states across the public. The technology ecosystem aims at developing health information system integration and serves the needs of all stakeholders.

Most layers of( National Health Stack) NHS will be linked to support government such as electronic, registries, claim platforms and coverage, personal health records and national health analytics platform.

The draft stated that “These efforts have, thus far been disconnected from each other and are resulting in redundancy in datasets. The NHS provider registry will not only provide features like self-maintainability, non-reputability and consented access of data, it will also attempt to unify existing efforts on provider registries and reduce the redundancy in these efforts”.

The draft provided proposes different kinds of incentives where all participants are now uploading on the registry on time. “Empanelment of hospitals for health insurance must encourage the insurer or third party administrator (TPA) to always obtain the information from the provider registry and not collect it directly from the provider. This ensures that the provider has an incentive to keep its registry entry up to date”.

The proposed national health stack will work wonders to facilitate healthcare schemes especially for people who live in poor conditions and also those in rural areas.

Users will be able to participate in the system with one another using unique identification and their privacy will be preserved. The stack will now embrace health management system in all social demographic and public health data systems to ease the flow of information. The system is designed to allow migration in states which have more advanced systems without any hiccups.

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