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Volume: 5 Issue: 5
(May 2018)

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DISHA: The first step towards securing patient health data in India

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” The Digital Information Security in Healthcare Act (‘DISHA’) is that firm first step taken by the Indian Government in the long journey to securing the healthcare data of patients in India. In a country with more than one billion people, data is bound to be scattered, even more so when it comes to healthcare data. It is common practice for a doctor to have to write up a repeat diagnostic test because they have no way of accessing the patient’s medical records. This is despite the fact that the law requires doctors to maintain the medical records of their in-patients for at least three years. In a move to drastically improve healthcare delivery in India and protect patient data, DISHA proposes to change all of that. Dr Milind Antani, Darren Punnen and Anay Shukla of Nishith Desai Associates discuss the aims of DISHA, the positive response to the first public draft and the concerns raised that are likely to be addressed before the legislation is finalised.

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