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Challenges in Creating a Unified Health Record System in India: A Focus on ”ABHA”

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This policy brief discusses the needs, challenges and possible solutions to an effective Ayushman Bharat Health Account (ABHA) creation in India. The process of implementing ABHA across all states poses several challenges including engaging private players and state governments, managing interoperability issues and addressing technological issues.

Raising awareness among citizens of the benefits to easy access to healthcare through the ABHA system could be an effective solution to tackle the aforementioned challenges. One way to increase ABHA registrations would be to focus on schools and primary health units. Moreover, the integration of various health related schemes with ABHA and providing the right incentives to private players could accelerate the journey towards digitising the national healthcare system in the country.

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Shalu Sapnani

Shalu Sapnani is a passionate development professional with a strong engineering background from NIT Allahabad. With over four years of experience working with PRADAN NGO, she has dedicated herself to improving the lives of tribal women in Madhya Pradesh. She strongly believes in the effectiveness of public policy solutions that are informed and guided by data.


What is ABHA?

This policy brief talks about the Ayushman Bharat Health Account (ABHA number), its conceptualization, creation, and the potential challenges in its implementation in India. ABHA is one of the key interventions in India’s healthcare journey under the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM) of making India “Atmanirbhar”. The critical path to any digital transformation is not just about technology but its people.

What are the issues affecting the effective creation of ABHA?

What are the measures taken to increase awareness and integration regarding the benefits of ABHA?