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Business News/ News / India/  Aarogya Setu, CoWIN to be used for health issues other than Covid as well

Aarogya Setu, CoWIN to be used for health issues other than Covid as well

With coronavirus no longer posing a threat, Aarogya Setu and CoWIN are being modified to address India's digital health concerns.

A man uses Aarogya Setu app on his mobile phone (AP)Premium
A man uses Aarogya Setu app on his mobile phone (AP)

Under the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission, the Centre is repurposing Aarogya Setu and CoWIN, the two digital health systems that were successfully utilised to monitor and manage the Covid-19 outbreak.

RS Sharma, the chief executive of the National Health Authority, said on September 25 that there had been 240 million downloads of Arogya Setu. With coronavirus “hopefully" no longer posing a threat, the application is being modified to address India's digital health concerns, Sharma said. People won't have to wait in line to check in at a hospital; instead, they can simply scan and obtain the OPD card, Sharma added.

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In the last ten years or so, India has developed numerous digital public platforms, each of which is distinctive in its own way. Examples include Aadhar, UPI electronic KYC, digital lockers, etc. According to Sharma, India is creating service-level registers for doctors, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, health records, etc.

Aarogya Setu was launched for handling COVID-19 in a more systematic way. It has been updated to function as a health and wellness app. After being extensively used to facilitate COVID-19 immunisation, CoWIN will be utilised for India's universal immunisation programme.

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In addition, CoWIN is being repurposed so that individuals may use it to locate and obtain the other 12 mandatory vaccines covered by the national immunisation programme, including the polio drop.

On September 27, 2021, the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission was introduced. The digital mission has reached the milestone of 10 million digitally-linked health records within a year of its debut, with over 2.7 million records linked every day. This marks a significant turning point in the nation's effort to digitise health records, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on September 25.

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Additionally, the Healthcare Professionals Registry now has about 80,000 registered healthcare professionals and at least 1,50,000 registered healthcare facilities. 7,11,571 people have downloaded the ABHA app as of this writing.

According to Sharma, the digital platforms are highly scalable. 200,000 doses of the Covid vaccine were recorded on Day 1 before reaching a daily rate of 25 million doses.

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Sounak Mukhopadhyay
Sounak Mukhopadhyay, who also goes by the name Sounak Mukherjee, has been producing digital news since 2012. He's worked for the International Business Times, The Inquisitr, and Moneycontrol in the past. He's also contributed to Free Press Journal and TheRichest with feature articles. He covers news for a wide range of subjects including business, finance, economy, politics and social media. Before working with digital news publications, he worked as a freelance content writer.
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Updated: 26 Sep 2022, 07:24 AM IST
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