Tele-medicine centres serving Maharashtra villagers in India

In ten villages of Maharashtra state in India, the villagers are now directly connected with the technically advanced district medical centre at Wardha, two hours away from the village. Communicating live with a doctor through the Internet saves not only money but also valuable time of the villagers, spent in commuting the distance to the centre. Entirely a government-run initiative, the telemedicine centre aims to provide high-quality medical service to rural people. It is strictly for minor ailments, but the facility would advice if a patient needed specialized treatment for which one needs to go to the district centre or not. Reports are being examined within minutes and diagnosis and prescription are being provided through a live communication with the doctor. If required and suggested by the doctor, an ambulance is provided to bring the patient to the centre in case of major ailments. At present, this facility is being provided by the centre free of cost, a nominal fee would be charged from patients in future. The centre provides the facilities like ECG, blood pressure monitoring, temperature and other basic data required for a doctor to make a diagnosis. Initially, the special facility has been introduced in ten villages across rural Maharashtra, the number would be increased in future.


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