New Delhi: AIIMS has written to the Union Health Ministry requesting it to issue a notification that would mandate linking of Aadhaar number with the Unique Health Identification (UHID) number.
Till date, nearly 40 lakh patients have generated UHID’s since the e-Hospital software was launched in July 2015 at AIIMS. The UHID number is a single point of reference for all patient activities in AIIMS.
AIIMS Director M C Mishra has written to the Union Health Secretary requesting him to issue a notification that would mandate individual authentication for generation of UHID numbers.
“The e-Hospital software envisages patient identification based on individual authentication from an Aadhaar number. Although the software provides for an interface between Aadhaar number and UHID number, it has not been made mandatory till date.
“With the Parliament enacting the Aadhaar Act 2016, a legal provision for mandatory linkage between Aadhaar number and UHID number is possible through a notification issued under Section 7 of the Aadhaar Act 2016. Section 7 of Aadhaar Act 2016 provides for Proof of Aadhaar Number necessary for receipt of certain subsidies, benefits and services etc,” AIIMS said in a statement.