#childsafety | National Health Authority invites feedback on the consultation paper on Health Data Retention Policy, Health News, ET HealthWorld

The National Health Authority (NHA) on Tuesday released a consultation paper on the proposed Health Data Retention Policy (HDRP). The consultation paper provides a detailed discussion on the need for the policy, its scope, key elements under it, and proposed approach for its governance structure under the ambit of Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM), launched across the country on September 27 this year. It also focuses on how an HDRA policy for ABDM stakeholders will help the healthcare ecosystem.The HDRP released on December 14, 2020, by NHA provided that a health data retention policy may be notified for data fiduciaries to comply with the collection, use, and storage of personal data. The proposed Health Data Retention Guideline/Policy has been envisioned to minimize risks associated with personal health data and to maximize benefits from the usage of this data by ensuring that data retention guidelines are in sync with all applicable legal and regulatory compliances. The NHA will ensure an inclusive engagement with stakeholders and ensure that all diverse viewpoints are incorporated from concerned stakeholders.

Giving his views on the consultation paper, RS Sharma, CEO, NHA, said, “We are developing the National Digital Health Ecosystem in a consultative manner. Since the premise of ABDM is based on federated architecture, it becomes paramount that there are specific guidelines on data retention so that health data can be stored and shared securely among different ecosystem partners, post consent of the patient.”

Through this consultation paper, the NHA is providing interested stakeholders with information that may be useful to understand the considerations for the proposed policy for India, and its related implications, and seek their suggestions/inputs on health data retention under ABDM.

Full text of the consultation paper is available for download on ABDM’s website at https://abdm.gov.in/publication/consultationpapers. Comments and feedback can be uploaded on the same link or can be emailed to abdm@nha.gov.in by December 24, 2021. The NHA is also planning to organize a public webinar shortly to provide an overview of the consultation paper. The link will be shared on ABDM’s website, www.abdm.gov.in

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