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The Role of Ayushman Bharat Health Account (ABHA) In Promoting Health and Wellness

TeamAckoFeb 2, 2024

When visiting a doctor, carrying the physical copies of your past medical records may be a hassle. Imagine if you could effortlessly store all your medical information online. That's where the Ayushman Bharat Health Account (ABHA) comes in. Introduced by the Indian government, it serves as a digital health ID card.

In line with this, the National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) by the Indian government offers health insurance coverage to a significant 500 million Indians. ABHA is an initiative under NHPS. This account allows people to keep their medical records and prescriptions at one place, digitally. It is a vital instrument that allows the country to promote health and well-being. 

In this article, we’ll discuss everything about ABHA card, its role and application process. 




What’s an ABHA Card?

The Indian government unveiled the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission on September 27, 2021. The goal of this programme was to provide each Indian with a digital health ID so they could easily access their medical information. Geographical boundaries are removed and people may share their health information with healthcare professionals anywhere in India thanks to the ID, a unique 14-digit countrywide identification.

To make it simple, the government renamed it the ABHA (Ayushman Bharat Health Account). This digital health ID is intended to be possessed by all Indian citizens, guaranteeing accessibility. The ability to combine several health records onto one card allows consumers to quickly seek medical attention without having to carry around much paperwork.

What is the Role of an ABHA Card?

The Ayushman Bharat Health Account (ABHA) card plays a significant role. Its benefits are designed to make healthcare processes more convenient and secure for people across India. Here are the benefits.

Access to All Medical Records

The ABHA card gives people the convenience of being able to access their medical records at any time, anywhere in India. The government has equipped the software developed under Health Management Information Systems (HMIS) to hospitals through Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission. This allows digital services like patient registration, queue management etc., in hospitals. An ABHA card with its special 14-digit identity number linked to Aadhar provides smooth entry into these records

Access to Medical History

On the ABHA platform, security is a top priority. The data stored on the card is shielded by sophisticated security and encryption technology. Individuals own their data and must consent before any medical professional or facility is permitted to access it. This protects the privacy and confidentiality of medical information. Users can also opt out of the ABHA Card if they wish to.

High Security Against Cyber Threats

The NHA has undertaken robust security measures to address the concerns about cybersecurity in healthcare. The ABDM adopts a consent-driven approach, focusing on accountability and responsible data collection, in particular through the principle of Privacy by Design. 

Sectoral legislation and policy guidelines offer a holistic solution to data protection. They reflect the prevailing atmosphere of security risks changing with each day in healthcare sector environment.

Facilitates Prompt Medical Care

Getting an ABHA card isn't compulsory, but it does make getting timely medical treatment much easier. The card simplifies the transmission of patient information between hospitals, in turn improving medical services. 

An Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission Card establishes how people can be active in integrating themselves into their digital health journey, thereby improving overall wellness.

How to Apply for an ABHA Card? 

The Ayushman Bharat Health Card is free of charge. You can easily apply for an ABHA card using ACKO’s mobile application. Follow these simple steps to apply for ABHA through ACKO: 

Step 1: If you are a new ACKO user, then download the ACKO app from the App Store or Play Store, depending on your device. 

Step 2: Log in with your phone number and enter the OTP for verification. 

Step 3: Once you are done with the app signup process, visit the ‘Discover’ section. You can find it in the bottom right corner. 

Step 4: Next, click on ‘Get Started’ if you are a new user. You can also add members to create their own ABHA accounts.

Step 5: Now, click on the ‘create’ button to add your family members you wish to have an ABHA card. 

Step 6: At last, enter your Aadhaar number and mobile number and create the ABHA address. The ABHA address is a unique username for each ABHA health card holder. 

This is it! Creating your ABHA card through ACKO is that simple. If you want to keep a record, click on ‘Download Card’ and you’ll have a soft copy of your card.  

Final Words 

After getting an ABHA card, you will get healthcare much more easily than before. With this, you can store your medical records and find the appropriate doctor or medical facilities anywhere in India. Furthermore, you can also securely store your medical records and simply grant approved users as needed. Overall, an Ayushman Bharat health account can improve your entire medical experience.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

To get answers to some of the most common questions related to Ayushman Bharat health account, check below.


What is an ABHA Number Card?

Under the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission, a special identification card is provided-the ABHA Number Card. It has an unique 14-digit ABHA ID number on it. It makes it easy to use digital health records and services.

How Do I Apply for an ABHA ID?

To enrol for an ABHA ID you can visit the ACKO app and after logging in, go to the ‘Discover’ section. There you will find an option saying ‘Get Started’. Click on it and provide your mobile number and Aadhaar number for creating your health card. You may also add your family members you wish to have an ABHA health card via our ACKO app. 

How to create an Ayushman Bharat health account?

To create an Ayushman Bharat Health Account, you can visit the ACKO app. Applying for an ABHA health card through the ACKO app will take just a few minutes. After registering, you will be provided with your ABHA ID number . You can then start using the various health services.

What Can my ABHA Card Do as a Health ID?

Your ABHA Card is your health ID. The 14-digit ABHA ID can help you to find your digital health files, which includes medical history and lab results. Better self-management is possible with the use of these resources.

What Are the Main Functions of an ABHA Card?

The ABHA Card has many applications, including letting patients check their medical records online. The patient's health records are stored digitally which helps the doctors to provide the correct medical help.

Is the ABHA Card Necessary for Health Services?

Having an ABHA ID is not required but simplifies and speeds up access to healthcare services. It improves the efficiency of medical care by allowing patient data to be transferred among healthcare facilities.

What is the integration of ABHA Card with DigiLocker?

The ABHA Card is also tied in with DigiLocker, a secure document exchange system. This integration strengthens health records security and users can freely pool their information by express consent.


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