GoI releases the Draft Health Data Management Policy of the
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The government has released a draft health data management policy which will serve as a guiding principle for protecting the data privacy of people who are willing to enrol for the National Digital Health Mission (NDHM).

As per the draft policy, on which public comments are invited till September 3, anybody enrolled for the health mission will get a Health ID free of cost and they will have complete control over their individual personal data.

People are free to take back the consent already given in order to restrict any sharing of personal data linked to the ID.

The NDHM was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Independence Day address on August 15.

The main objective of this draft policy is to provide adequate guidance and to set out a framework for handling sensitive personal data of individuals participating in the mission in accordance with all applicable laws and international standards.

It also defines the set of frameworks of consent for the collection and processing of health data by healthcare practitioners and other entities. It also puts forward relevant standards to meet data interoperability and data sharing.

The policy stipulates that any agency or personnel that have access to personal medical data of people enrolling in the NDHM will have to formulate and implement a personal data breach management mechanism and this will be publicly displayed.

Any instance of unauthorised or accidental disclosure or sharing of personal data that compromises its confidentiality and integrity should have to be reported promptly to the NHA and other relevant authorities.

The persons responsible for such a breach will be liable to punish according to the provisions of the applicable law, it said.

Source: https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/national/ndhm-draft-health-data-management-policy-released/article32447161.ece
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