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India, Netherlands Collaborates in E-Health Initiative

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India, Netherlands collaborate in e-health initiativeOn October 16, 2020 India and Netherlands discussed a joint thrust in the e-health sector to provide digital health facilities and security to Indians and help Netherlands to accelerate the digital transformation of health. This collaboration is part of National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) of India. 

i.The discussion was made in a webinar on “Energizing Partnership between India & Netherlands on Digital Health Solutions”, organized by Embassy of India, The Hague along with Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands, India, Invest India and Primus Partners, management consultancy firm.

ii.The collaboration also aims to see 2 countries to work closely in order to create capacities and seat up the requisite technology backbone to enable this revolutionary initiative and also to take quality healthcare to the masses.

Note- India’s alliance with the Netherlands is the 1st step to build a digital health backbone in the country.

Points to be Noted

i.Under the NDHM, the main Open Digital Ecosystem (ODE), will be present that drives healthcare transformation in India. 

ii.This will include transparency of information with ‘health registries’, that act as a single source of information for all stakeholders.

iii.The ability of all stakeholders to use data supported between different stakeholders will allow patients to share their digital health records across providers. 

iv.This happens, while India’s healthcare is improved by standardised claim processing, digitised prescriptions and development of patient-centric innovations.

Key Info

i.The National Digital Health Blueprint that was finalised in 2019 provides an architectural approach to realise the goal of longitudinal electronic health record.

ii.In this initiative, a federated PRESS NOTE architecture model is being utilised to set and follow global standards.

iii.A mission mode approach is followed by launching the NDHM in that direction. 

In order to take this programme forward, necessary infrastructure has been created and India has the capability to conduct 500,000 consultations in the country every day.

General Info

India is growing at a Compounded Annualised Growth Rate (CAGR) of 18% and is expected to touch billions of dollars in this year(2020).

About National Digital Health Mission


The National Digital Health Mission was unveiled by Prime MInister Narendra Modi on August 15, 2020, i.e., occasion of 74th Independence Day.


It aims to develop the backbone needed to support the country’s integrated digital health infrastructure.

This will bridge the existing gap amongst different stakeholders of the Healthcare ecosystem through digital highways.


It will be implemented through the National Health Authority (NHA). NHA also is responsible for the implementation of Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY).

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