The Union Health Ministry's eSanjeevani initiative has successfully completed over 14.17 crore teleconsultations since its launch in April 2021, according to Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya's announcement in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.
Revolutionizing Telemedicine Services
The eSanjeevani telemedicine application has emerged as a transformative tool, bridging the gap between healthcare professionals and patients across remote and rural areas. Minister Mandaviya explained that the application operates on a hub and spoke model, where doctors, including specialists, deliver healthcare services to patients in Health and Wellness Centres (HWCs) situated in rural locales.
One of the notable features of eSanjeevani is its Outreach and Population Extension (OPD) module, which empowers individuals in underserved regions to access medical consultations. The initiative has already demonstrated its impact in Maharashtra, where a total of 57,32,954 teleconsultations have been completed. Impressively, 9,54,835 teleconsultations were provided to senior citizens and 31,67,798 to women in the state.
Government's Support and Initiatives
To bolster the effective implementation of digital health initiatives, particularly telemedicine services, the Union Health Ministry extends financial support to all states and union territories through the National Health Mission. This support aims to strengthen the healthcare IT infrastructure and enhance internet connectivity, ensuring a seamless telemedicine experience for patients and doctors alike.
The government has embarked on various awareness campaigns, utilizing short videos, brochures, and pamphlets, often in local languages, through social media platforms. These efforts seek to disseminate crucial information about telemedicine services and raise awareness among the rural population, thereby enabling more individuals to benefit from remote healthcare consultations.
The eSanjeevani initiative's impressive milestone of over 14.17 crore teleconsultations underscores its significance in revolutionizing healthcare accessibility across the country. As the digital health landscape continues to evolve, the Union Health Ministry remains committed to ensuring that quality medical care reaches even the most remote corners of India.