India has crossed a landmark milestone in its eHealth journey. eSanjeevani telemedicine service of the Health Ministry has crossed 10 lakh tele-consultations yesterday. Telemedicine entails delivery of health services from a distance using internet and it not only extends the reach of health services but also improves quality of health services besides saving time and money.
The roll out of eSanjeevani is supposedly the first of its kind of digital transformation in the delivery of health services at national scale by a developing country. Ministry of Health in a statement said that during the COVID-19 pandemic, eSanjeevani not only brought about a huge digital transformation in the delivery of health services but also boosted the digital health ecosystem in the country. The Ministry said, eSanjeevani is being used by patients in over 550 districts of India. 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.These stands as a testimony to the fact that public has started preferring telemedicine over visiting hospital OPDs for consulting a doctor.
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