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Since the healthcare industry is steeped in technology, the term healthcare tech is buzzing around us. We now have facilities for teleconsultations and health tracking tools on our phones. Even artificial intelligence and cloud computing are used in digital health monitoring and tracking tools.

The hard work of technicians and medical professionals turns out to be bliss when people can easily monitor their health, communicate with doctors and track their reports online.

In all these innovations, one thing that is hugely accepted by the public is the ability to organize digitized medical reports on our phones.

The government initiative towards the digitization of medical records

On August 20, 2020, Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM) was launched with a vision to simplify and digitize health tracking and monitoring for all. ABDM is an initiative to digitize India’s health ecosystem by encouraging people to create an Ayushman Bharat health account.

Ayushman Bharat Health Account (ABHA) is used to save and digitize medical records in a secure and easy to access space. It is a digital health account consisting of a PHR address, a health record, and a consent PIN.

Benefits of using the ABHA to organize your medical history:

Activate a sanitary locker as a secure storage space

ABHA provides a health locker that provides complete data security to sensitive and private information in your medical records.

Provides a PHR address to allow sharing only with users’ consent

The Personal Health Records (PHR) address is a self-declared username used to log into a Health Information and Consent Exchange (HIE-CM) Manager. ABHA consists of a PHR address to enable easy and secure sharing of records.

Protect the sharing of your recordings with a consent pin

ABHA allows you to create a consent pin. You can grant secure access to your healthcare professional or family members by sharing your consent PIN.

Access to HPR and HFR data for better decision making

The ABHA provides access to the Healthcare Professional Registry (HPR) and Healthcare Facility Registry (HFR), which further helps in making better decisions.

The undeniable advantages of the digital health record

The main reasons for the gradual acceptance of the digitized method of health management are these advantages –

It helps patients make better decisions

Digitally organized medical records are useful for patients with chronic conditions or who see multiple specialists. It allows them to get a complete picture of their medical history, which further helps them to make better health decisions.

It’s easy to access and share

Digitized medical records are easy to access anywhere, anytime. You don’t need to carry a paper record with you when you see your doctor or browse through that record while tracking your progress. Digitized medical records are also easy to share with your concerned doctors.

This gives clarity to your doctor

Digital health records increase the use of health services. For example, having access to a patient’s complete medical history can help providers detect potential problems early and ensure patients receive the care they need.

It helps in better health monitoring

Digital health records help you track your health with smart reports and longitudinal trends. It can also help you identify areas that need more attention.

It saves time and money

Digitizing health records saves you time and money. For example, when you save your medical records on your phone, you don’t waste your time searching for them. Plus, digitally organizing your folders doesn’t require a single penny, you can save them for free apps available in the public domain.

It keeps records safe

Medical record backup apps can provide complete security to your private data.

How Health Tech is Driving the Digitization of Medical Records

There are various apps that help organize digitized medical records. The main reason behind it is its easy process and security. It simplifies all the hassles of scanning and organizing health records.

Health technology apps make it easy to find, carry, or track prescriptions and medical records. The features of these apps automate and organize one’s health records in a jiffy. As the name suggests, users only need to sync their email id with the app, which enables seamless extraction of their medical records from Gmail accounts. This feature is entirely consent-based, where the user authorizes the app to organize and save the recordings in these apps. It also offers manual download options and email forwarding methods to provide maximum comfort and convenience to patients while saving their medical records on their phone.

By organizing their records, patients can track their vital signs and also share them with doctors enabling them to provide better care.



The opinions expressed above are those of the author.