Revised draft of Health Data Management (HDM) Policy

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Revised draft of Health Data Management (HDM) Policy

Recently the National Health Authority (NHA) has released the revised draft of Health Data Management (HDM) Policy.

  • The Health Data Management (HDM) policy is the first step towards realizing the ‘Guiding Principles of Safety and Privacy’, designed by Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM).
  • It focuses on protecting the confidentiality of personal digital health data of individuals/data principals. (Data principal- the natural person to whom the personal data relates.)
  • It aims to provide adequate guidance for the secure processing of personal and sensitive personal data of individuals who are part of the National Digital Health Ecosystem (NDHE). Also, an outline has to be prepared. All these will be done in compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations.

Key Provisions of the Policy

  • The provisions of this policy shall be applicable to all entities and individuals who are part of the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission system.
  • These include the National Health Authority, the governing body of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Health Information Providers (HIPs), drug manufacturers, etc.
  • The data fiduciary (person responsible for data management) has to provide a consent framework from the data principal.

Development and allocation:

  • Ayushman Bharat Health Account (ABHA) Identity Card,
  • ABHA Address,
  • health care professional identity card,
  • Facilitation Center Identity Card (to be provided to each health facility)

There are restrictions on the sharing, operation and publication of personal data. A provision has been made for the appointment of Grievance Redressal Officer by the Data Fiduciary.

Source – The Hindu

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