Narendra Modi government's digital push to health sector - Digital Intent


Friday, 1 December 2017

Narendra Modi government's digital push to health sector

Since there is an acute shortage of doctors in India - particularly in villages, smaller towns, and disturbed zones - the government is developing a 'National Telemedicine Network'  to set up their own telemedicine initiatives. It is also trying to meet the challenges armed with digital technology, said Anupriya Patel, minister of state for health and family welfare, speaking at Mail Today's Healthcare Conclave.

Through these, primary healthcare centres and community and district hospitals are going to be linked with medical colleges, super-specialty and tertiary care hospitals for tele-consulation and tele-followup services through the specialists.

This way, the government is trying to bridge the gap in availability of doctors. At pilgrimage centres, the ministry has also started telemedicine facilities for visitors to access emergency healthcare through satellite technology. These facilities are now available at Ayyappa temple in Kerala, Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi and Vidhyanchal temple in Mirzapur.

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