Digital Health Incentives Scheme (DHIS)
The National Health Authority (NHA) announces extension of its Digital Health Incentives Scheme (DHIS) under the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM) till 31st December 2023.
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Digital Health Incentive Scheme (DHIS):
- DHIS offers incentives to hospitals, diagnostic labs, and digital health solution providers.
- This incentives encourage the adoption of transformative digitization under Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM).
- Eligible facilities and companies can earn incentives based on linked digital health records.
Launch and Impact:
- DHIS was initiated on January 1, 2023, as a part of Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission.
- This scheme mainly focuses on boosting digital health tech and practices in nationwide healthcare.
- Positive response from healthcare providers and tech companies has led to the extension of this scheme.
- Health facilities and digital solution companies under DHIS earn up to Rs. 4 crores of financial incentives.
- These incentives are based on the number of digital health records that are created and linked to Ayushman Bharat Health Account (ABHA) .
Impact and Cost Contribution:
- DHIS benefits contribute to the potential cost reduction in the field.
- And this cost savings could be transferred for digitization expenses in healthcare facilities making it more efficient.
- So far 1205 health facilities registered in DHIS.
- Of which, 567 public and 638 private hospitals/clinics/diagnostic labs are involved.
- 25 digital solution companies registered, 22 from private sector.
- As of June 2023, nearly 120 health facilities and 7 tech companies received incentives totaling Rs. 4.84 Cr.
National Health Authority (NHA)
- The National Health Authority (NHA) is an apex body in the implementation of the AB PM-JAY initiative.
- The aim of the mission is to create a seamless digital health system that benefits everyone across the nation.
- Connected within the framework of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the NHA plays an important role with full autonomy within its boundaries.
- The Chief Executive Officer (CEO), holding a position equivalent to a Secretary to the Government of India, takes charge of managing the authority’s operations and also serves as the Ex-Officio Member Secretary of the Governing Board.
- It bridges the gap between the national framework and the implementation of the initiative within each state.