So aadhaar to get an appointment with a doctor. aadhaar to get a prescription. aadhaar to get medicine.Even as a Constitution bench of the Supreme Court is set to hear a bunch of petitions challenging mandatory linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts and mobile phone connections, Andhra Pradesh plans to link the unique identity number with doctors and pharmacies in an effort to root out quacks, self-medication, and over-the-counter sale of medicines.
The measure, the N Chandrababu Naidu government claims, will also create an online health record of citizens.
The state is set to launch Comprehensive Drug Monitoring System (CDMS), an app that all registered doctors have to use to generate e-prescriptions mentioning the patient’s name, mobile or Aadhaar number, medicines advised, and the manufacturer’s name.
When a doctor makes a digital signature on the app, the patient will receive a One Time Password on the cellphone, which he/she has to show at the pharmacy to buy medicines. When the pharmacist enters the OTP, he/she will see the prescription and sell those medicines.
Andhra to link Aadhaar with doctors, pharmacies to weed out quacks | The Indian Express