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Scan and share service to be started for facilitating Quick OPD Service, a step towards Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission

  • IBEF
  • February 24, 2023

In order to facilitate quicker Out Patient Department (OPD) registrations, the National Health Authority (NHA) launched the scan and share service in October, 2022 as part of its flagship programme Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM). Over 365 hospitals have used the programme within five months of its inception. By significantly reducing wait times in the OPD registration areas of the participating hospitals, the QR-code based fast registration service has helped over 5 lakh patients save time.

In places where patients register, participating hospitals (both public and private) show their specific QR codes and the patients can share their Ayushman Bharat Health Account (ABHA) profile (demographic data like name, age, gender, and ABHA number) with the hospital's Health Management Information System (HMIS) by scanning the QR code with any health application of their choice (such as ABHA App, Aarogya Setu App, EkaCare, DRiefcase, Bajaj Health, PayTM). Additionally, the patient's medical history is digitally connected to their ABHA, which they can control and access from any location at any time.

Patients all around the nation are utilising the real-time advantages of the scan and share service. In addition to government hospitals, a number of private hospitals are also allowing their patients to register using the ABHA. 125 districts in 25 States and UTs across the US now use the programme. The leading states in the adoption of this scan and share service for a better patient experience are Karnataka (2.5 lakh tokens), Uttar Pradesh (1.1 lakh users), and Delhi (70,000 users).

The government sector makes up over 75% of the confirmed health facilities. The top four states with the most health facilities on HFR are Andhra Pradesh (13,345), Maharashtra (13,789), Uttar Pradesh (31,417), and Karnataka (46,179).

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