The initiative will enable seamless delivery of healthcare services
Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare has launched the revamped Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) and the Umbrella schemes of Rashtriya Arogya Nidhi (RAN) and Health Minister’s Discretionary Grant (HMDG) on National Health Authority (NHA)’s IT platform in the presence of Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare.
Dr Vardhan said, “It was one of my dream initiatives and I have been waiting to see the launch of these schemes on NHA’s IT platform. This will enable seamless delivery of healthcare services to eligible beneficiaries under these schemes by making the whole process paperless.”
He further added, “Just like the Technological interventions in opening bank accounts, Public Financial Management System (PFMS), subsidies through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT), Ayushman Bharat scheme for paperless treatment of patients, today’s initiative of convergence of CGHS, RAN and HMDG with NHA platform is also designed to with the vision of making the healthcare services available transparently and swiftly to the needy citizens.”
Dr Vardhan noted that the e-referral module developed by NIC has enabled CGHS dispensaries and wellness centres to issue an online referral to empanelled hospitals. The hospital’s processing of the application, submission of claims, CGHS team’s sanctioning, the release of payment would be done online on the platform henceforth.