NHA, NCG collaborate on ABDM pilot to streamline cancer care records across hospitals

  • The target is a seamless exchange of medical records across departments and tertiary care providers, such as radiology, ENT and respiratory departments.

Priyanka Sharma
Published16 Jun 2024, 05:32 PM IST
This assumes importance considering that India has a high cancer burden, with 1.46 million patients in 2022.
This assumes importance considering that India has a high cancer burden, with 1.46 million patients in 2022.(HT)

New Delhi: India’s National Health Authority (NHA), in collaboration with the National Cancer Grid (NCG), is set to launch a pilot under the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM), to streamline medical record sharing across hospitals for cancer care patients who often visit multiple facilities.

Through a seamless exchange of medical records, accessible to doctors within the ABDM network, the initiative aims to ensure continuity of care.

This assumes importance considering that India has a high cancer burden, with 1.46 million patients in 2022.

ABDM-enabled electronic medical records system

Key government and trust hospitals treating cancer, including PGIMER (Chandigarh), Tata Memorial Hospital (Mumbai), All India Institute Of Medical Sciences (AIIMS Jodhpur), and National Cancer Institute (Jajjhar), will pilot the adoption of the ABDM-enabled electronic medical records system, or the Health Management Information System,

The objective of the pilot is to scan and seamlessly share the records with departments and tertiary care providers, such as radiology, ENT and respiratory units, across participating hospitals.

Medical records will only be shared with patient consent using their digital health ID (ABHA ID).

“We are very hopeful about this project. Cancer is one of those diseases where a patient must approach healthcare facilities repeatedly. So, the importance of longitudinal health history and keeping health records systematically is proposed to be shown by the pilot,” an official from a participating hospital said, requesting anonymity.

Also Read: Minister Nadda unveils 100-day healthcare agenda: Focus on expansion of coverage under AB PM-JAY

In May, stakeholders convened to strategize the launch of pilot, highlighting ABDM’s potential to digitally integrate healthcare services, and reduce repeat tests and patient expenses.

“ABDM has the potential to bridge the existing silos among different stakeholders of the healthcare ecosystem through digital means. This is especially beneficial for patients with chronic diseases, such as cancer, where patients have to visit from one hospital to multiple points of care over a long time," the person cited above said. 

Also Read: Centre sets deadlines for healthcare initiatives

"There is often the problem of unavailability of standardized electronic health data, when a patient moves between care facilities, leading to repeat tests and high patient out of pocket expenses,” he added.

The roll out of the initiative will help patients, hospitals, clinicians, and other stakeholders, to get to understand the benefits of ABDM, and the outcomes may help determine how the system could be extended to benefit patients undergoing treatment for chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and renal complications.

Also Read: Centre extends scheme by another year to digitize patients' health record

The NHA aims to establish a digital health ecosystem in India and support healthcare facilities, including clinics, diagnostic centers, hospitals, laboratories, and pharmacies, in adopting the ABDM ecosystem to enhance health services for all Indian citizens.

Queries sent to a health ministry spokesperson remained unanswered till press time.

 

 

 

Catch all the Politics News and Updates on Live Mint. Download The Mint News App to get Daily Market Updates & Live Business News.MoreLess
First Published:16 Jun 2024, 05:32 PM IST
HomePoliticsNHA, NCG collaborate on ABDM pilot to streamline cancer care records across hospitals

Most Active Stocks

Bharat Electronics

313.50
03:59 PM | 18 JUL 2024
-12.85 (-3.94%)

Oil & Natural Gas Corporation

331.20
03:59 PM | 18 JUL 2024
8.8 (2.73%)

Zee Entertainment Enterprises

142.45
03:59 PM | 18 JUL 2024
-13 (-8.36%)

Tata Steel

166.35
03:56 PM | 18 JUL 2024
-0.7 (-0.42%)
More Active Stocks

Market Snapshot

  • Top Gainers
  • Top Losers
  • 52 Week High

India Cements

344.75
03:54 PM | 18 JUL 2024
21.7 (6.72%)

IDBI Bank

92.19
03:59 PM | 18 JUL 2024
4.27 (4.86%)

Endurance Technologies

2,679.00
03:29 PM | 18 JUL 2024
102.4 (3.97%)

Gillette India

8,002.75
03:29 PM | 18 JUL 2024
275 (3.56%)
More from Top Gainers

Recommended For You

    More Recommendations

    Gold Prices

    • 24K
    • 22K
    Bangalore
    75,099.00-147.00
    Chennai
    74,659.00-440.00
    Delhi
    74,512.00-294.00
    Kolkata
    75,539.0073.00

    Fuel Price

    • Petrol
    • Diesel
    Bangalore
    102.86/L0.00
    Chennai
    100.76/L0.00
    Kolkata
    104.95/L0.00
    New Delhi
    94.72/L0.00
    OPEN IN APP
    HomeMarketsPremiumInstant LoanBudget