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What is ABHA card?


It is a digital identity card in which your medical records are stored

ABHA, an acronym for Ayushman Bharat Health Account, is a digital health card and it was launched by the central government under the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission.

It is a kind of digital identity card in which your medical records are stored. So you don’t need to carry your medical reports every time you go to see a doctor. 

Why do the National Health Authority and the federal government insist that you register for this card? Let’s understand.

Who can apply for the ABHA card?

All those people who want to keep their medical records electronically secure.  

How can I make an ABHA card? 

Follow the steps given below:

  1. Go to the website of Ayushman Digital Health Mission.
  2. Click on the option of Create Your ABHA Number on the home page.
  3. Two options will appear to generate the ABHA number. Select the one you are comfortable with.
  4. Click on aadhar number or driving license and submit it by entering its number on the next page.
  5. Enter the OTP received on your registered mobile number. 
  6. You will be directed to the application form

After filling in the requested information asked in the application, submit it. 

  1. Upload your photo
  2. Now click on submit 
  3. Your ABHA card will be generated. 
  4. Download it and take a printout.

Will this card work only in government hospitals?

This card will be useful in both government and private hospitals. Not only that, it can also be used in any doctor’s private clinic.

Can doctors or health professionals see the medical data of a patient without his consent?

No. They will need your consent to see your medical data. For this, they will need an ABHA card or an OTP, which can be viewed only with the consent of the card-holder.

How can your medical history be read from the ABHA card?

With the ABHA card, you will get a 14-digit ID number. It will have a QR code. Your medical information can be read by scanning it. 

  Benefits of ABHA Card

Is there an app for the ABHA card?  

Absolutely. Play Store hosts the ABHA app. It was earlier known as the NDHM Health Records App.

Are ABHA and Ayushman cards the same?

They are not. The Ayushman Card is for health insurance. It is only for poor people.

It helps them financially at the time of the treatment. The card has different criteria for people in urban and rural areas. 

ABHA  is a digital health account card. Any Indian citizen can register for it. It is useful for viewing and sharing medical data. There are no eligibility criteria for this card.