Nilekani: Aadhaar can help in creating national health record system

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Use Aadhaar card to link health record
New Delhi, Nov 22: Aadhaar card could serve as a platform for innovations in health sector by facilitating to create a national portable health record system that can help monitoring epidemics and drug efficacy, UIADI chairman Nandan Nilekani said on Friday.

Speaking at "Indo-US Startup Accelerator Workshop" organised by FICCI, Department of Science and Technology and the US Embassy, Nilekani said a possible innovation in the health sector is creation of digitalised health records of individuals, which could be linked to Aadhaar card.

Use Aadhaar card to link your electronic health record to your ID

He said Aadhaar card can help in creating national portable health record system. "You may travel, somebody may have an ailment in one town and they may go to a doctor in another town, they may switch their service providers. So basically you need a way to have mobility to have electronic health information."

"That is something we think that can be done using the Aadhaar card because you can just link your electronic health record to your ID and then keep that on the card and wherever you go you can authorise that particular party (who is building the record system) to use your health record for the purpose of medical care or diagnosis," he said. He said the system could be beneficial and effective because of the volume of an individual's health history.

"Healthcare reform is very difficult to do because of massive and complex system. You need to keep people's healthcare record electronically because health records could be voluminous because you have X-Rays, MRIs and ultrasounds to be stored and you have to do digitally."

He, however, cautioned that this system should ensure that privacy of an individual is not encroached upon. "We need to make sure that the information is private and therefore a person should have a control on his own health record and they should be deciding whether the health record should be recorded with somebody else," he said.


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