New Delhi: The government’s national telemedicine service ‘eSanjeevani’ serves nearly 90,000 patients daily across the country and has completed 1.2 crore consultations, rapidly shaping into the country’s most popular and largest telemedicine service.
The use of eSanjeevani signals wide adoption by patients as well as doctors, and specialists across the country.
Considering the usefulness of telemedicine and in planning for the expected third wave of Covid-19, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is augmenting its initiative to enable 5,00,000 consultations per day.
Andhra Pradesh tops among the leading 10 states in terms of using eSanjeevani service. It was the first state to roll out eSanjeevaniAB-HWC services. The other states include Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Kerala.
‘eSanjeevaniOPD’ is a telemedicine variant for citizens to seek non-Covid and Covid-related outpatient health services. ‘eSanjeevaniOPD’ started functioning in the lockdown.
More than 51,00,000 patients have availed the service of the ‘eSanjeevaniOPD.’
It hosts more than 430 online OPDs both general and speciality OPDs.
Premier tertiary level medical institutions such as AIIMS in Bathinda (Punjab), Bibinagar (Telangana), Kalyani (West Bengal), Rishikesh (Uttarakhand), King George Medical College, Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) provide outpatient health services through eSanjeevaniOPD.
In line with the National Digital Health Mission, this digital initiative will boost the digital health ecosystem in the country. The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) in Mohali, Punjab developed the indigenous telemedicine technology.
eSanjeevani is operational through two modes which provide outpatient services to citizens sitting in their homes. They are eSanjeevani AB-HWC (doctor-to-doctor telemedicine platform) and eSanjeevaniOPD (patient-to-doctor telemedicine platform)
eSanjeevani AB-HWC has completed nearly 67,00,000 consultations and is being implemented at health and wellness centres under the ‘Ayushman Bharat’ scheme.