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

Bajaj Finserv Health
March 4th, 2022
10 mins read

Key Takeaways

  • Digital health card was launched under the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission
  • ABHA health card benefits include consent, easy access to records, & security
  • NDHM card can be generated with Aadhar, driving license or mobile number

With the world turning digital, the Central Government of India is taking measures to digitize the healthcare system too. To achieve this, the GoI launched Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM). ABDM or National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) was first piloted in 6 Union Territories for one year [1]. It aims to provide the necessary backbone for the integrated digital health infrastructure. It also extends support to Universal Health Coverage in a safe and efficient manner. This initiative offers facilities like storing or accessing medical records and digital consultation. 

Under ABDM, the Central GoI launched Ayushman Bharat Health Account (ABHA) previously known as Digital Health Card. With the help of ABHA card, you can digitally store your medical history in a secure manner. Read on to understand what is ABHA card, its benefits, and the application process.

Additional Read: Ayushman Bharat Scheme

What is ABHA card?

ABHA card or NDHM card was launched under Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission. It is a randomly generated 14-digit unique health ID card. ABHA card helps you access and share your health records in a hassle-free manner. It also allows you to consult with verified healthcare professionals and service providers. The main functions of your NDHM health card are as follows.

  • To provide health services and doctor information through mobile app 
  • To store medical treatment details and medical reports digitally
  • To grant access of medical records to doctors with your consent

What are digital health ID card benefits?

ABHA health card benefits include the following.

Digitized health records

You can access, track, and share your health records in a paperless manner with your Ayushman Bharat Registration.

Access to doctors

You can have access to verified and qualified health care professionals in a safe manner.

Personal health records

With your digital health ID card, you can link your personal health records. This will help you generate a long-term medical history.


Doctors or other health professionals can see your data only after you grant consent. You also have the option to revoke your consent. This is one of the key digital health ID card benefits.


Strong encryption and security are the base of this digital platform. You also have control over who can and cannot access your health records.

importance of digital health card

Easy sign up

To generate your NDHM card you will only need your basic details and Aadhar card number or driving license number [2]. Alternatively, you can also register with your mobile number. 

Voluntary activation and de-activation

Health ID card is not a compulsion. You can generate it at your will and comfort. You can also opt-out and erase your data from your health ID card with ease.

How to apply for a digital health ID card?

Digital health card registration can be done in 3 different ways

  • On the website
  • In the mobile app for NDHM health records
  • Inside health facilities like hospitals, community health centers, or wellness and health centers

For generating your digital health card online, apply on the official website. If you are registering via your Aadhar card, follow these steps.

  • Visit the official website and select ‘Generate ID’
  • Choose ‘Generate via Aadhar’ and enter your Aadhar number. Submit after putting in your number
  • You will receive a One Time Password (OTP) on your registered mobile number. Put that number in the required space
  • Enter your personal and basic details. Select a username and password to generate your account 
  • With new id and password, login to your account. After logging in give your address details
  • Ayushman Card Download and save for future use

If you are using your driving license, you will need to visit a nearby registered facility to get your digital health ID card. Before visiting the facility, you will need to generate an ID from the official website. The steps for that are

  • Visit the official website and select ‘Generate ID’
  • Select ‘Generate ID via Driving License’ and fill in the details on the pop-up window
  • Click submit and note your enrolment number
  • Visit your nearby registered facility to get your NDHM card

If you do not want to use your Aadhar or driving license or don’t have them, you can use your mobile number. The steps to generate your ID with mobile number are

  • Visit the website and select ‘Generate ID’
  • Click on ‘Click here’ under ‘I don’t have any IDs/I don’t want to use my IDs for creating ABHA’
  • Enter your mobile number to generate OTP. Submit OTP once received
  • Enter your personal data and select a username and password
  • Login to the account with the new ID and password. Submit your address details
  • Download and save your digital health ID card for future use

Additional Read: Abha Help in Managing Medical Expenses

While applying for Ayushman Bharat Yojana or NDHM health ID card, make sure you have all the required documents with you. With digital health card, it is important to have adequate health insurance too. Besides insuring your health, a health insurance plan can protect your finances as well. Check out the Aarogya Care policies available on Bajaj Finserv Health. Along with adequate insurance cover, you also get a digital vault feature. This will also allow you to store your medical reports online and access them anywhere. 

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