Union Health Ministry’s free telemedicine service – eSanjeevani has completed 60 lakh consultations through more than 375 online OPDs.
On a daily basis on eSanjeevani platform, around 40,000 patients consult over 1,600 doctors and specialists using innovative digital medium to seek health services. Currently, the national telemedicine service is operational in 31 states/union territories.
The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had conceptualised eSanjeevani – a doctor to doctor telemedicine platform in November 2019 for implementation at 155,000 Health and Wellness Centres under Govt. of India’s Ayushman Bharat Scheme in a hub & spokes model.
Presently, eSanjeevaniAB-HWC has been implemented at around 20,000 Health and Wellness Centres pan-India. The Ministry of Defence too has hosted a National OPD on eSanjeevaniOPD, where over 100 veteran doctors and specialists roped in by the Ministry of Defence, serve patients across the country.
People in many states have been quick to recognise the benefits of eSanjeevani and this has led to an encouraging trend of widespread rapid adoption of digital modality of seeking health services. This has led to massive improvement in access to specialised health services, particularly in rural areas.
Leading 10 states in terms of adoption (number of consultations) of eSanjeevani are Andhra Pradesh (12,19,689), Tamil Nadu (11,61,987), Karnataka (10,56,447), Uttar Pradesh (9,52,926), Gujarat (2,67,482), Madhya Pradesh (2,64,364), Bihar (1,92,537), Maharashtra (1,77,629), Kerala (1,73,734) and Uttarakhand (1,34,214).