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4 Important Points to Keep in Mind About Unified Health Interface!

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Bajaj Finserv Health
March 9th, 2022
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Key Takeaways

  • UHI is a part of NDHM and aims at digitizing all the healthcare records
  • You can avail the benefits of Unified Health Interface by creating a Health ID
  • Transparency, easy access and efficiency are some of the benefits of UHI

The Prime Minister of India announced the launch of the National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) in 2021. Under NDHM, the Unified Health Interface launch (UHI) was also announced in India. This mission aims toward the digital development of healthcare across the country.

The goal of the Unified Health Interface is to make it as common as UPI in the country. This is why it is important to understand what is UHI, Unified Health Interface, uses, and benefits. Read on to know more and how to register for Unified Health Interface.

What is Unified Health Interface?

Unified Health Interface is an open IT network to provides a digital platform for all health services. It is considered a part of the foundational layer of ABDM (Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission). Under NDHM, UHI aims to enable the following things: [1]

For health service providers (doctors, pharmacists, hospitals):

  • List of their services (appointment, teleconsultations)
  • Immediate access to user demand generated in UHI
  • Ongoing connectivity with existing customers
  • Access to health records in a single place

For Patients:

  • Facility to contact doctors immediately via the UHI platform
  • Easy digital health access to all Indians
  • Option to share information with healthcare service providers 
  • Features to receive doctors’ prescriptions and lab reports digitally on your device
  • Availability of a wide variety of health services with the provision of full transparency

Additional Read: 18 Best Government Health Insurance Schemes in India

What kind of services will be available on Unified Health Interface?

UHI will enable a wide variety of digital health services between the patients and health service providers. Some of these services you can avail yourself are: [2]

  • Booking OPD appointments with clinics or hospitals
  • Booking telephonic consultations
  • Discovering and booking lab and diagnostics services
  • Checking availability of facilities like critical care beds
  • Booking home visits or lab appointments for sample collection
  • Booking an ambulance in case of an emergency 
  • Discovering pharmacies located near you

Remember, this is not a fixed list of services that may be available under the Unified Health Interface. There may be changes made depending on user interaction.

advantages of Abha digital health card

What are the benefits of UHI?

There are many ways in which digitization has been beneficial for society. Just like UPI, the Unified Health Interface launch is set to bring a welcome change. The benefits of Unified Health Interface are:

  • Better coordination between doctors and patients
  • Improved efficiency for hospitals
  • Easy access to healthcare and medication for everyone
  • All your health records in one place
  • Promotion of sustainability by using no paper
  • More transparency

How to register for UHI?

To avail of the benefits of Unified Health Interface, you have to create a Health ID under the NDHM. By creating a Health ID, which is now known as ABHA, you can have your health records available digitally. Health cards are then utilized for simple and hassle-free access to your records. These are also more transparent and secure in comparison to traditional medical cards. 

Digital health cards can be easily accessed with the help of your Aadhaar card or mobile number. You need to sign in to your ABHA account to access the information. You also have the option to erase the medical records at any time. 

Create your Health ID using the following steps:

  • Go to the official website of NDHM
  • Click on “Create your ABHA now.”
  • Select “Generate via Aadhaar”
  • Put in the details of your Aadhaar card number in the required section
  • You will receive an OTP on your linked mobile number
  • Enter that OTP in the available space
  • After entering the OTP, you will need to put your basic details
  • After filling out the information, you will receive your digital health ID card

Note that you can also register for the ABHA using your driving license or just your mobile number.

Additional read: What is ABHA Card? Check Out 7 Benefits of Digital Health Card

This paradigm shift to digitization will bring about a positive change in the Indian healthcare network by making it a more agile and efficient system. You will not have to carry your health documents everywhere and instead will have instant access online. 

To get other benefits of a digital health ecosystem, check out Bajaj Finserv Health. Here you can 

book an online doctor consultation for wellness tips or treatment advice. You can also check out the Aarogya Care plans available on Bajaj Finserv Health. These plans come with preventive health check-ups and network discounts. Apart from these, you can use the Health Vault feature of Bajaj Finserv Health, which allows you to store and access your medical records online. With all these facilities at your disposal, make sure you prioritize your health without failure!

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