Indian digital health plan raises privacy concerns

According to the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the Indian government is pushing its plan to digitalise health records despite concerns about privacy and increased surveillance. Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently announced the launch of the National Digital Health Mission (NDHM), under which unique Health IDs will be created to hold digital health records of individuals. For Raman Jit Singh Chima, Asia policy director at Access Now,”it will possibly be the largest centralised health ID and data storage system in the world, and it is being done in the absence of a data protection law and data protection authority.”