Indian healthcare is changing forever… and for the better!
Our UPI moment is here, one that will change the way
healthcare is run in India.
Create your unique ABHA Address
Is your email address email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org?
Just like email addresses, ABHA accounts will play out in a similar manner – what would you prefer someone@ndhm or someone12071989@ndhm?
This may seem like a cute fad today but a few years down the line when you need to give the ABHA address to multiple providers, it will start making a difference.
So, we suggest that you invest that 1 minute today and reap the benefits throughout your lifetime.
There are no global parallels to explain ABDM. But closer to home, the UPI framework can be used to understand ABDM quite easily. UPI enables you to transfer money from one entity to another irrespective of which bank the two entities have their accounts in. Similarly, ABDM will enable the movement of health information from one entity to another irrespective of whether the two are connected to each other or not. If you get your health check-up done at any lab and want to share the reports with your Doctor (or Hospital or Insurance Co.) the same can be done with a click.
ABDM is win-win situation for all stakeholders in the healthcare ecosystem. But the biggest beneficiary is you, the patient. With the ABDM, healthcare information can be shared seamlessly. Soon, the bulky files that you carry around to your Doctor and Hospital will be a thing of the past. No more losing records, no more re-tests, no more stress. Further, better health history will allow your doctor to provide quicker and better diagnosis. Finally, purchasing insurance and processing claims will be faster and cheaper.
Participation levels in ABDM has grown since its launch in 2020, and till the end of 2021 around 15 crore ABHA numbers have been created and more than 15 thousand health facilities and over 7 thousand doctors have been registered within the ABDM. Today, most of the large hospital chains and pathlabs are in various stages of integration, so you will soon start seeing more and more providers linked to ABDM.
The first step towards joining ABDM is creation of a unique ABHA address which is a self-declared username whose format is similar to that of a UPI or Email address. So the earlier you create one for yourself the better are the chances that you can choose a preferred ABHA address which will remain as your permanent identifier in your digital healthcare journey within ABDM.
No, it is not mandatory to create ABHA. It is completely on a voluntary basis, and once registered, you can also opt out of it at any time. With ABHA, you can experience benefits such as safe and secure creation of digital health records for you and your family, consent based sharing of health records with different healthcare providers, access to verified healthcare professionals and facilities, etc. without any worries related to data security or privacy..
To create your ABHA account you need to register using Aadhaar, Driving License, or just a mobile phone number and provide basic personal details such as your name, year of birth, gender, address, and mobile number.
Usage of Aadhaar in the process of creating ABHA is voluntary. If you do not want to use your Aadhaar for ABHA creation, you can simply use your Mobile Number. However, if you use Aadhaar to generate your ABHA then please make sure that your mobile number is linked to your Aadhaar since an OTP will be sent to the mobile number linked to your Aadhaar.
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