National: The ‘eSanjeevani’ digital platform of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has completed 2 Lakh tele-consultations.
This milestone was achieved in a short time period of only ten days. On August 9, Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare presided over a meet. He commemorated the completion of 1.5 lakh tele-consultations.
It is a big push for the ‘Digital India’ initiative of the Prime Minister. The eSanjeevani platform has proved its usefulness and easy access for the caregivers and the medical community. And also to those seeking healthcare services in the times of COVID-19.
‘eSanjeevani’ platform has enabled two types of telemedicine services viz. Doctor-to-Doctor (eSanjeevani) and Patient-to-Doctor (eSanjeevani OPD) Tele-consultations. The former is being implemented under the Ayushman Bharat Health and Wellness Centre (AB-HWC). It aims to implement tele-consultation in all the 1.5 lakh Health and Wellness Centres.
States have identified and set up dedicated ‘Hubs’ in Medical Colleges and District hospitals to provide tele-consultation services. The Health Ministry rolled out the second tele-consultation service ‘eSanjeevaniOPD’ enabling patient-to-doctor telemedicine owing to the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020. This has proved a boon in containing the spread of COVID-19 while simultaneously enabling provisions for non-COVID essential healthcare.
So far 23 states have implemented the ‘eSanjeevani’. Also, other states are in the process of rolling it out. The top five states have been utilizing e-health services through this platform. The states are Tamil Nadu’ Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, and Kerala. Andhra Pradesh leads in having the most HWC-medical college interactions with 25,478 consultations. However, Tamil Nadu leads in the OPD services with 56,346 consultations.