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Centre's telemedicine service eSanjeevani crosses 60 lac consultations
By TOG News service
Jun 11, 2021

TOG NEWS SERVICE, NEW DELHI, JUN 11, 2021: THE Health Ministry on Thursday said their national telemedicine service ‘eSanjeevani' has completed 60 lakh teleconsultations, helping over 40,000 patients through more than 375 online OPDs with 1,600 doctors and specialists on a daily basis.

Operational in 31 States and Union Territories (UTs), eSanjeevani is a doctor-to-doctor telemedicine platform which was inaugurated in November, 2019 for implementation at 1.55 lakh government health centres under the Ayushman Bharat scheme.

With OPDs closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Health Ministry ensured a rapid development and roll out of this initiative in collaboration with the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (Mohali).

eSanjeevani AB-HWC has been implemented at around 20,000 Health and Wellness Centres (HWC) as spokes and over 1,800 hubs in around 30 States.

People in many states have been quick to adopt the digital modality of seeking health services and this has led to massive improvement in access to specialised health services, particularly in rural areas.

The eSanjeevani service is addressing the rural-urban divide with regards to access of health service and a shortage of on-the-ground doctors and specialists. It also reduces the burden on secondary and tertiary level hospitals.

The leading States in terms of adoption and number of consultations of eSanjeevani are Andhra Pradesh (12,19,689), Tamil Nadu (11,61,987), Karnataka (10,56,447), and Uttar Pradesh (9,52,926).