Digital Health Ecosystem
Finance Minister of India, Nirmala Sitharaman, in her budget 2022 speech announced roll out of an open platform for National Digital Health Ecosystem as well as the National Tele Mental Health program.
“National Digital Health Ecosystem will be an open platform. It will include digital registries of health providers and health facilities, unique health identity, and universal access to health facilities,” she said.
Considering COVID-19’s effects on people’s mental health, the finance minister also announced the National Tele Mental Health Program. The program is intended to provide quality mental health counselling and care services.
The National Tele Mental Health Program will consist of 23 tele mental health centers of excellence with the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS). IIT-Bangalore will give the technology support for the program.