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NHA Achieves Milestone in OPD Registrations

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Recently, the National Health Authority (NHA) has achieved a milestone of generating over 3 crore tokens for Out-Patient Department (OPD) registrations through the ABHA-based Scan and Share service.

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National Health Authority’s (NHA) Recent Milestone in OPD Registrations

  • Achievement: The NHA has successfully generated over 3 crore tokens for Out-Patient Department (OPD) registrations using the ABHA-based Scan and Share service.
  • Convenience: This service allows patients to effortlessly register for OPD appointments by scanning a QR code displayed at the OPD registration counter.
  • Benefits: It has eliminated the need for patients to wait in long queues for appointments, especially aiding vulnerable groups such as the elderly, pregnant women, and those with mobility challenges.
  • Regional Success: Uttar Pradesh has generated the maximum number of tokens, followed by Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Launch: This service was introduced under the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM) in 2022.
  • ABHA: ABHA is a unique 14-digit number designed to link all health records of an individual, aiming to create a comprehensive digital health ecosystem and promote the digitisation of healthcare.

National Health Authority (NHA):

  • Responsibilities:
    • Apex body implementing Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY).
    • Tasked with designing strategy, building technological infrastructure, and implementing the “National Digital Health Mission” to create a National Digital Health Eco-system.
  • Evolution and Autonomy:
    • Successor of the National Health Agency, reconstituted as the National Health Authority in January 2019.
    • Originally functioned as a registered society and transitioned to full functional autonomy.
  • Structure and Governance:
    • Attached office of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
    • Governed by a Governing Board chaired by the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare.
    • Headed by a Chief Executive Officer (CEO), holding the rank of Secretary to the Government of India.
    • CEO serves as the Ex-Officio Member Secretary of the Governing Board.
  • State-Level Implementation:
    • Implementation at the State level involves the establishment of State Health Agencies (SHAs) as societies/trusts.
    • SHAs are set up by respective States to execute the scheme locally.

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