Government’s telemedicine platform eSanjeevani has crossed 1 million teleconsultations record, a mark which represents its growing traction among people to avail remote medical care. The national telemedicine initiative eSanjeevani is being used by patients in over 550 districts of India, the health ministry said in a statement recently.
Over 10 per cent of the users of eSanjeevani are aged 60 and above. Close to around one fourth of the total patients have used eSanjeevani more than once, the ministry stated, providing details about the category of people who have availed the remote service through the platform “These stands as a testimony to the fact that public has started preferring telemedicine over visiting hospital OPDs for consulting a doctor,” the ministry said.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, eSanjeevani not only brought about a huge digital transformation in the delivery of health services but had also boosted the digital health ecosystem in the country, the statement said.
The eSanjeevani initiative of the health ministry is serving in two streams in 28 states and union territories.
The eSanjeevani AB-HWC enables doctor-to-doctor teleconsultations and is being used around 6,000 health and wellness centres which are being served by specialists and doctors in around 240 hubs that have been set up by states in district hospitals or medical colleges.