Tue. Sep 28th, 2021
Health Ministry’s Telemedicine service e-Sanjeevani completes 9 lakh consultations

Health Ministry’s Telemedicine service: In a landmark achievement, eSanjeevani, Health Ministry’s national telemedicine initiative completed 9 lakh consultations on 2nd December. The top ten States with highest benefit through eSanjeevani and eSanjeevaniOPD platforms are Tamil Nadu (2,90,770), Uttar Pradesh (2,44,211), Kerala (60,401), Madhya Pradesh (57,569), Gujarat (52,571), Himachal Pradesh (48,187), Andhra Pradesh (37,681), Uttarakhand (29,146), Karnataka (26,906), and Maharashtra (10,903).

Telemedicine is a new way of remote diagnosis and treatment of patients over the internet.

eSanjeevani initiative enables virtual conversations between the patients, doctors & specialists from various locations, through video conferencing that occurs in real-time. At the end of these remote consultations, eSanjeevani generates an electronic prescription which can be used for sourcing medicines.

In order to enable the delivery of outpatient services remotely during COVID-19 pandemic as many as 28 States have on-boarded the Ministry of Health’s eSanjeevani initiative. These States are aggressively working towards long term enablement of telemedicine services.

Health Ministry’s Telemedicine service’s 1st variants of eSanjeevani have launched namely – doctor to doctor (eSanjeevani AB-HWC) in the hub and spoke model and patient to doctor (eSanjeevaniOPD). It has been one year now that eSanjeevani Ayushman Bharat-HWC was officially launched.

Andhra Pradesh was the first state to roll out eSanjeevaniAB-HWC services in November 2019 and since then around 240 hubs and over 5000 spokes have been set up by various States. eSanjeevani AB-HWC has completed over 1,83,000 consultations.

eSanjeevaniOPD is a telemedicine variant for the people to utilize health services remotely, it was rolled out on 13th of April 2020 during the first lockdown. Till now, over 7,16,000 consultations have been recorded on eSanjeevaniOPD that is hosting over 240 online OPDs which include general OPDs and speciality OPDs. Both the variants of eSanjeevani are rapidly evolving in terms of use and capacity and functionalities.

eSanjeevani Team at C-DAC Mohali is dedicatedly working with Ministry of Health to address the requirements of States.

The Health Ministry is in close touch with States to formulate strategies for enhancing the reach of eSanjeevani services to the underprivileged. Few states like Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat etc., are experimenting with various models to provision eSanjeevani services for non-IT savvy as well as poor patients who do not have access to the Internet.

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