In a bid to leverage technological advancement enabling people to avail accessible, affordable and quality healthcare services, the Naveen Patnaik-led Odisha Government has joined hands with Glocal Healthcare Systems to establish digital dispensaries in different parts of the State.
The State Government recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Glocal Healthcare Systems for operation and management of 102 digital dispensaries across 23 districts. Each digital dispensary has provision for an MBBS doctor consultation through video conference facility. In addition, a pharmacist, nurse, laboratory assistant and support staff are in place in each dispensary.
The dispensaries are equipped with a minimum set of investigations such as routine testing of urine, blood, haemoglobin, blood sugar, malaria, dengue, BP, ECG, sPO2, pregnancy detection, etc. and a pharmacy facility with dispensing of generic medicine.
The MoU was signed after the success of the pilot phase, the project was implemented in 25 locations of Nabarangpur district and five locations of Keonjhar district of the State. Till date, over one lakh patients have availed services from these digital dispensaries.
The move would bring primary healthcare delivery at doorsteps and benefit people of remote areas who at times deprive of basic healthcare facility due to unavailability of basic healthcare infrastructure.