Chandigarh falls behind on health card target – ET HealthWorld

CHANDIGARH: The city has been unable to reach its target of 50% coverage of the digital health cards under the national digital health mission. Sources in the health department said it was initially planned that at least 50% of the city’s population should be covered at the beginning of this year. Later, due to the pandemic and vaccination against the coronavirus, it was asked to lower the coverage to 20%.

“We have been able to cover 13% to 15% of the population till now. The electronic medical record is voluntary and thus needs counselling,” said Dr Amandeep Kang, director health services, UT.

Last August, the Chandigarh administration launched the national digital health mission. At the launch of the same, it was stated by UT adviser Manoj Parida that he had proposed to cover the entire UT population within a period of one month. On the first day of the launch, 4,000 persons were registered online and got their digital health cards online.

Sources in the UT health department said there are electronic medical records system in the dispensaries and wellness centres, however, the data cannot be accessed in hospitals.

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