AP leads digital health services

AMARAVATI: Andhra Pradesh Department of Health, Medicine and Family Welfare has taken another leap forward in digital health services after a crore of health records in the state were linked to the Ayushman Bharat digital mission on Friday.AP is the first state to achieve the feat, State AIDS Control Council project director GS Naveen Kumar said in a statement Saturday.

He said 3.4 crore records from Ayushman Bharat Health Authority were handed over to people in the state with the cooperation of field staff like ANM and ASHA workers. He said digitalization will be helpful for the expansion of health services across the state.

Patient health reports are digitized and stored and can be used anywhere when needed. From urban and rural health centers to educational institutions participated in this exercise. He explained that all of these centers are now part of the data-linked electronic health records ecosystem with which patients can access their entire medical history anywhere in the country without having to carry a physical record. The state has already registered all public health facilities (13,344) and all public doctors (9,500) under the program.

At present, the process is currently limited to public hospitals or carried out through door-to-door surveys. This will now be extended to private facilities and diagnostic centers or laboratories, said Naveen Kumar.

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