Teleconsultations have indeed emerged as a boon to assure timely specialist services to poorest of the poor, in the remotest part of this diverse and large country.
The health sector of India witnessed a new horizon under the leadership of Hon'ble Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr Mansukh Mandaviya. The nation observed the 4th Anniversary of the Ayushman Bharat " Health and Wellness Centres (AB-HWCs) on 16th April 2022.
On this day itself, a record has been created as more than 3 lakh consultations were made in a single day at the Ayushman Bharat " Health and Wellness Centres (AB-HWCs). This huge count makes it the highest ever number of teleconsultations ever done at AB-HWCs on a single day.
During the 4th anniversary celebrations too, the Hon'ble minister had interacted with patients, Specialists in AIIMS and Community Health Officers at AB-HWCs, for seeking their opinion on teleconsultations.The e-Sanjeevani platform was used as a medium in carrying out these teleconsultation. This doctor-to-doctor teleconsultation system, where on one end there is a Specialist doctor sitting at district hospital or at medical college hospital and on the other end is a General doctor/Community health officer along with the patient. This assures specialist consultation for continuum of care, minimizing physical travel of patients, reducing cost and potential hardship.
The Community Health Officer at the Sub Health Centre " Health and Wellness Centre (SHC-HWC) and Medical Officer at the Primary health Centre " Health and Wellness Centre (PHC-HWC), are leveraging teleconsultation for seeking guidance of specialists in District Hospitals, Medical Colleges and even in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) across the country, to render comprehensive care for the patient, visiting their AB-HWC. The record achievement on a single day also proves the robust technology of e-Sanjeevani.
During the 4th anniversary celebrations too, the Hon'ble minister had interacted with patients, Specialists in AIIMS and Community Health Officers at AB-HWCs, for seeking their opinion on teleconsultations.