1 Crore Treatments Provided Under Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana
On 21 May 2020, the honorable Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, launched a Hospital Ranking Dashboard on Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana’s website. Developed by AKAL, the dashboard is a significant step to rank empanelled hospitals based on beneficiaries’ feedback. The ranking will help NHA to take evidence-based decision making for boosting the quality measures and indicators of healthcare delivery across all empanelled facilities to improve the beneficiaries’ experience. Hindi version of the Ayushman Bharat PMJAY website was also launched. The website will enable the government to effectively connect with the masses and to empower them with access to the right information through a user-friendly medium.
The launch was announced during the inauguration of the first edition of Arogya Dhara, a series of webinars created as an open platform for discussion on topical issues of public health. Titled the “Ayushman Bharat: 1 crore treatments and beyond”, the webinar was open for all members of the general public as it was webcast via all official social media pages of National Health Authority. Notable participants in this informative webinar included Dr. Indu Bhushan, the CEO of National Health Authority, Dr. Vinod Paul, Member (Health), and Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, the Minister of State. Dr. Indu Bhushan made a presentation on the performance of AB-PMJAY and conferred on the future ahead.
The aim of PMJAY is to ensure financial risk protection to more than 10 crores to the poorest, most vulnerable families in the country, and take a step forward towards the success of Universal Health Coverage in India. The Minister expressed his gratitude and sent best wishes to all the States who have ensured the scheme delivers on its promise especially in the unprecedented times of COVID-19. “Government of India is making persistent efforts to expand testing and make treatment of COVID-19 available for free to all 53 crore beneficiaries of Ayushman Bharat PMJAY, further strengthening Government of India’s resolve, scope, and capability to move towards universal health coverage. Concerted efforts by every health worker and all empanelled hospitals have helped us achieve the 1 crore mark,” he said.
Sh. Indu Bhushan stated that NHA has utilized this period to leverage its IT systems, expertise and network of private sector stakeholders to support the Government of India’s preparedness and response in the form of managing the national COVID-19 helpline 1075 to conducting thousands of outbound calls to COVID positive patients and their families.
The webinar was a huge success and AKAL could not be happier for being a part of bringing change to India.