The Ministry of Health’s telemedicine service, eSanjeevani, has successfully clocked 200,000 consultations within days of its launch. The milestone was achieved in a short period of ten days after the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, presided over a meet to commemorate the completion of 150,000 teleconsultations on August 9.
“In what can be seen as a big push for the ‘Digital India’ initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the eSanjeevani platform has proved its usefulness and easy access for the caregivers and the medical community, and those seeking healthcare services in the times of COVID,” an official press release from the Ministry of Health and Family welfare said.
eSanjeevani platform has enabled two types of telemedicine services, viz. doctor-to-doctor (eSanjeevani) and patient-to-doctor (eSanjeevani OPD) teleconsultations. The former is being implemented under the Ayushman Bharat Health and Wellness Centre (AB-HWC). It aims to implement teleconsultation in all the 150,000 health and wellness centres in conjunction with identified medical college hospitals in a hub and spoke model. States have identified and set up dedicated hubs in medical colleges and district hospitals to provide teleconsultation services to spokes, i.e., sub-health centres (SHCs), primary health centres (PHCs) and health and wellness centres (HWCs).
The health ministry rolled out the second teleconsultation service eSanjeevaniOPD enabling patient-to-doctor telemedicine owing to the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020. This has proved useful in containing the spread of coronavirus while simultaneously enabling provisions for non-COVID-19 essential healthcare.
eSanjeevani has been implemented so far by 23 States, with others in the process of rolling it out.
The top five states that have been utilising the e-health services being offered through this platform are Tamil Nadu (56,346 consultations), Uttar Pradesh (33,325), Andhra Pradesh (29,400), Himachal Pradesh (26,535) and Kerala (21,433). Andhra Pradesh leads in having the most HWC-medical college interactions with 25,478 consultations while Tamil Nadu leads in the OPD services with 56,346 consultations.