eSanjeevani -PIB- 12 AUG-2020
1.5 lakh tele-consultations completed through ‘eSanjeevani’ and ‘eSanjeevaniOPD’.
About the National Teleconsultation Service:
The Health Ministry launched the National Teleconsultation Service to facilitate telemedicine aiming to provide healthcare services to patients in their homes.
This offers communication between doctors and patients who are geographically separated.
There are two types of telemedicine services:
This is being deployed in 155,000 Health and Wellness Centres under Ayushman Bharat
eSanjeevani OPD: Doctor-to-Patient (teleconsultation)
This is the government’s flagship telemedicine technology developed by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing in Mohali.
It has been implemented by 23 states.
The panel of doctors on the service are drawn by the state governments.
The patients do not have to pay any fees for the teleconsultation service. They are also given ePrescriptions (electronic prescriptions).
The government has also interlinked 50 government medical colleges in the country for tele-education, e-Learning and online medical consultation under the National Medical College Network (NMCN) scheme.
What is telemedicine?
As per the World Health Organisation, telemedicine is the delivery of health care services, where distance is a critical factor, by all health care professionals using IT for diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease and injuries, research and evaluation, etc., all in the interests of advancing the health of individuals and their communities.
The term ‘telemedicine’ was framed in the seventies.
It involves the use of various types of ICTs (information communication technologies).
It facilitates patients’ and rural practitioners’ access to specialist health services and support.
It comprises videoconferencing, transmission of still medical images, document sharing, remote monitoring of vital signs, etc.