Dr. Mandaviya encouraged innovators to integrate technology into digital health

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“There should be no space for fraud in AB-PMJAY which targets the health care of the poorest in society. We must use all available technological tools to eliminate even the smallest margin of fraud.” So said Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya at the closing of the two-day Arogya Manthan 2022, celebrating the completion of 4 years of Ayushman Bharat PMJAY and one year of Ayushman Bharat Digital Health Mission, here today. Ms. Veena George, Minister of Health, Government of Kerala and Dr. VK Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog were also present.

Speaking on the occasion while rewarding the best performing states, districts, integrators and health facilities, Dr Mandaviya said the two-day brainstorming session will help to give additional impetus to rethink and improve PM-JAY and ABDM. “Even a small suggestion has the power to make big changes,” he said.

Dr Mandaviya urged states that have yet to cover eligible beneficiaries to accelerate their efforts to provide all of them with Ayushman Bharat cards. He also encouraged stakeholders to come up with innovative solutions to integrate technology into digital health.

Union Health Minister awarded the Ayushman Utkrishtata Puraskaar (Ayushman Excellence Awards) 2022 to commend Best Performing State/UT (Andhra Pradesh), Best Performing District (Parvathipuram Manyam, Andhra Pradesh), top performing government facility (Dharwad District Hospital, Karnataka), top performing states (Kerala, Meghalaya, Gujarat, Manipur, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh), top performing UTs (Chandigarh, J&K) and PMAM (Pradhan Mantri Arogya Mitras) under AB PM-JAY and ABDM. The winners of the ABDM Hackathon Series Round 1 (Bajaj Finserv Health – Team Excalibur) were also awarded during the ceremony.

On the second day of Arogya Manthan 2022, panel discussions were held with prominent thought leaders from relevant public and private sector organizations. The sessions focused on best practices and lessons from states, digitization of health insurance in India, international best practices in digital health and sessions on the way forward to deliberate and collaborate on the development of the future roadmap of the two regimes, AB PM-JAY and ABDM.

Shri Rajesh Bhushan, Union Health Secretary, Dr RS Sharma, CEO, National Health Authority (NHA). Key Secretaries of State for Health, doctors from NHMs, representatives of international organizations and the private sector were present.

(With GDP entries)

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