Aarogya Setu was primarily launched to aid in tracing the contacts with COVID-19 positive persons. Primarily, Aarogya Setu was Contact Tracing App and assisted citizens in getting useful information about COVID-19. As the covid-19 spread and infection has majorly subsided across the nation, the contact tracing feature of the application has been discontinued. However, the app still shares COVID statistics/updates/guidelines and facilitate in downloading COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates. It also displays user status as “You are COVID-19 positive”, if patient’s mobile number given in ICMR database matches with registered mobile number of Aarogya Setu.
After discontinuation of contact tracing feature, Aarogya Setu has now been transformed into a National Health Application and is already offering plethora of health services such as creation of ABHA (Unique Health ID), providing telemedicine services, booking online appointments at Government/Private hospitals, registering Potential Blood Donor, searching nearby blood banks, labs, hospitals, health service providers etc. It also supports services available at Health Portals like CoWIN, eSanjeevaniOPD etc.
Overall ownership of the health data remains with the citizen and Aarogya Setu application follows privacy and consent-based information sharing as a guiding principle. The aggregate and anonymous data collected in the application can be utilized by the Government for analysis and monitoring of healthcare programs to aid policy decisions in consonance with the applicable law of the land.
1. INFORMATION COLLECTED AND MANNER OF COLLECTION
Consent based Registration
At registration, users are requested to provide the consent for utilizing their
aggregated & anonymous data for supporting national health programs and public policies.
When you register on the App, the following information is collected from you and stored securely on a server operated and managed by the Government:
(Ii) Phone Number
Creation of Longitudinal health record
Outcomes for Citizen
The Aarogya Setu will provide equitable access and availability of multiple healthcare
services to citizens. Citizen will be able to generate ABHA ID which can be linked to
the health data of the citizen. The linking of ABHA ID will facilitate creation of
longitudinal health record of the user which supports accurate diagnosis, precision
medicine, increased quality of care, timely response in emergency, lower out of pocket
expenses and overall continuum of care across the health spectrum.
The user will be facilitated to book online appointment in health facilities easing registration process, can avail tele-consultation services with medical professionals and specialists from their mobile phones and can get information about government healthcare services. The storage services are provisioned through secured DigiLocker and consent-based framework under this application.
2. USE OF INFORMATION
4. DEVICE PERMISSION
To provide various features and functionalities, the Aarogya Setu app requires the following permissions on your device:
As a registered user, you have the right to access your profile at any time and to add, modify or remove any information as applicable. The users will receive notifications as per the notification policy set by users in their mobile phone.
6. DATA SECURITY
The App is equipped with standard security features to protect the confidentiality and security of your information. Data is encrypted in transit as well as at rest. Personal information provided at the time of registration is encrypted before being uploaded to the server, where it is stored in an encrypted format.
7. DISCLOSURES AND TRANSFER
Users can share their health-related information and health status with the practitioner/doctors or anyone duly following the consent framework.
Sh. Kiran Gopal Vaska,