What is Ayushman Bharat Health Account (ABHA)

What is Ayushman Bharat Health Account (ABHA)

January 16, 2023
10 min read

 What is ABHA card

ABHA is a unique health ID developed by the Indian government that consists of a 14-digit identification number. It can be simply made either by using your DL(Driving license) or AADHAAR card. It allows consumers to share the records of their health digitally with all the insurance companies, hospitals, and clinics.

ABHA cards are of zero cost when made by citizens.

The Ayushman Bharat Health Account (ABHA) earlier known as Ayushman Bharat Health ID aims at making the health industry technology-driven and providing the population with digital Health IDs. This was introduced by the NHA (National Health Authority) under the “Ministry of Health and Family Welfare”.

The government of India believes that creating awareness with this is the “first step towards creating safer and efficient digital health records for you and your family.”


Benefits of ABHA card

It is very important to know the benefits of ABHA before creating it. The advantages of using ABHA are given below-

  • Using the health facility registry, you can look up all private and public hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities in the country.
  • You no longer have to wait in line to fill out the hospital admission form.
  • Simply share your ABHA Card and that is one of the most crucial characteristics which saves you time, effort, and efficiency.
  • Get all the offers and benefits from the government and private healthcare facilities that are linked to your ABHA Card.
  • Doctors can view the entire health history of existing diseases, previous treatments, medications, discharge summaries, tests and reports, and so on. This can assist them in providing you with better and more timely treatment.
  • Check the doctors' qualifications as well as their contact information through the Healthcare Professional Registry (HPR), which is a database of registered medical professionals, and everything will be linked to your ABHA Health ID card.
  • Your Ayushman Bharat Health Card is also valid for AYUSH healthcare services such as Ayurveda, Yoga, and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy.
  • All medical records are completely confidential and private, and can only be shared with a healthcare provider with your consent.


How to create ABHA card

After being informed, any individual would understand the significance of the ABHA card and so you should know how to download the ABHA card with your registered ABHA number. You can simply go to the website  and log in with your date of birth and ABHA number. Once you are in the ABHA account, you can open your ABHA card from there and download it.

For ABHA number creation through DL, you need-

  1. Name
  2. Year of Birth
  3. Gender
  4. Address
  5. Mobile Number
  6. Driving license number

 For ABHA number creation through Aadhaar, you need-

  1. Name
  2. Year of Birth
  3. Gender
  4. Address
  5. Mobile Number
  6. Aadhaar Number

Most people ask if it is compulsory to use Aadhaar to create ABHA card but the answer is no, you can use your DL(Driving Licence) also. Using Aadhaar is totally voluntary.


The next step is to know how ABHA card is formed.

 Firstly, you will have to sign in to make the card, and then only you can download the card from the website. Here is the procedure for how to make an ABHA card-

  1. Open the Hospito website.
  2. Click 'Create ABHA'
  3. Type in your AADHAAR NUMBER
  4. Enter the OTP received on the registered aadhaar phone number and Confirm your aadhaar profile.
  5. Link and verify your desired phone number with ABHA.
  6. Generate the ABHA address, and enter any available username of your choice.
  7. Download your ABHA Card.


 Make a consent pin to provide healthcare professionals access to your records. Enjoy the benefits of your ABHA health ID Card after generating a consent pin.


Most people tend to get confused between ABHA number and ABHA address and it is necessary to differentiate between them.

Some people also ask how can they change the photo on their ABHA card.

Yes, you can change the photo on ABHA card by logging into the ABDM portal (

ABHA is also known as UHID.


Thus, the usage of ABHA cards should become an important step for having a more technology-driven sector. And today, in this changing world, everyone must have access to ABHA as it will help us digitalize and have a more safe and more secure transaction with renowned professionals.

Author: Kunjal Jain

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