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Over 50 lakh patients served by eSanjeevani during pandemic
By TOG News service
May 14, 2021

TOG NEWS SERVICE, NEW DELHI, MAY 14, 2021: THE Health Ministry's eSanjeevani initiative of telemedicine services has served more than 50 lakh patients since its rollout in April, 2020 when hospitals had restricted access for outpatients dur to the lockdown.

The eSanjeevani initiative is operational in 31 States and Union Territories (UTs) in the country and daily around 40,000 patients across the country use the contactless and risk-free modality of healthcare services delivery, said the Health Ministry.

Since the onset of the pandemic, the service has witnessed rapid and widespread adoption among patients and doctors, running in parallel to the country's healthcare delivery system that is over-burdened.

At the eSanjeevani Ayushman Bharat -Health and Wellness Centres (AB-HWC), the doctor-to-doctor telemedicine platform is being implemented at all the more than 18,000 health and wellness centres and over 1,500 hubs in the country under the Ayushman Bharat scheme.

The eSanjeevaniOPD has seen 350 general and specialised Outpatient Departments (OPDs) set up across 28 States and UTs. Over 30 lakh patients have been served through the service, free of cost.

Since its roll out, States have also designed processes and workflows to utilise eSanjeevani for delivering health services related to COVID-19. They have set up OPDs for monitoring and management of COVID-19 home quarantined patients. Few are also working towards special Home Isolation OPDs wherein the patients will be screened remotely for COVID-19.