India: Unique ID card to carry medical data?

During a panel discussion on “The Impact of IT revolution on healthcare” Shailesh Niyogi, board director, Lokmanya Hospitals said that doctors response might get improved by including basic medical data on citizen’s ID cards. The information is crucial during the first hour of care also called the golden hour due to its significance in medical procedures. Golden hour is the most important time in accident and trauma cases. Basic medical data such blood type, allergies or prescribed medications printed on the ID card may give medical personnel live saving information which would take hours to obtain elsewhere. IT has the potential to revolutionize health care however data security measures raise plenty of concern. India has one of the most computerized health care system in the world.

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