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Updated on: Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 10:45 AM IST

Startup Eka Care to facilitate creation of Health ID

The creation of Health IDs will standardize the process of identifying an individual across healthcare providers. Representative image/Logo | Eka.Care

The creation of Health IDs will standardize the process of identifying an individual across healthcare providers. Representative image/Logo | Eka.Care

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Eka Care becomes the first private healthcare platform to facilitate the creation of Health ID under Ayushman Bharat Digital Health Mission (ABDM). After PM Modi’s Announcement on 27th September 2021, there were several companies lined up to facilitate creation of health IDs.

ABDM’s initiative has opened up a completely new chapter in the healthcare industry. Under this scheme, a unique Digital Health ID will be provided to the people, which will link with all the health records of the individual.

“To support this initiative, we are also offering free storage up to 10GB to each individual, to store their health records,” said Vikalp Sahni, CEO and Co-founder, Eka Care.

The creation of Health IDs will standardize the process of identifying an individual across healthcare providers. The aim is to ensure that the medical records which get created are issued to the right individual or get accessed by health information users through the individual's appropriate consent.

Sahni said, "In order to issue a Health ID to an individual, we will require basic demography and contact details and pass it on to the ABDM system. The ID will be used for uniquely identifying persons, authenticating them and maintaining their own and family’s health records (only with the informed consent of the individual) across multiple systems and stakeholders."

Storing health records as a habit is missing in our country. Availability of health records at tertiary-care can reduce the overall cost of the treatment and improve health outcomes. This is the only way to monitor the cases of chronic patients. With over 270 mn chronic patients in the country, Eka Care's storage of health records can be a game-changer. Teleconsultations will also take a big lead with this initiative as doctors would be able to access records remotely while consulting with patients.

Eka Care commenced its operations in December 2020 with a vision to build a connected healthcare ecosystem for India. The company was founded by Vikalp Sahni, Deepak Tuli, and Abhishek Baggerhotta. Professionals from leading tech companies such as Flipkart, Masimo, Philips, Goibibo have joined the duo in this mission, to bring better health outcomes.

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Published on: Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 10:45 AM IST
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