The Union government launched a telemedicine initiative ‘Sehat’ in collaboration with Apollo Hospitals to provide healthcare facilities in rural areas. The initiative was launched by Union Communication and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad at a function in New Delhi.
All you need to know about ‘Sehat’:
- Under the initiative people will be able to consult doctors through video link and also order generic drugs.
- This will also help in providing quality and affordable healthcare which is one of the emerging needs for citizens in rural areas.
- The Common Service Centres (CSCs) have been delivering tele-consultation services with support from Apollo and Medanta Hospitals in some areas.
- CSCs will also provide diagnostic services and promote sale of generic drugs through collaboration with Health Ministry by setting up Jan Aushadhi Stores.
- With this initiative, the tele-consultation services are being extended to 60000 centres across the country specifically in rural areas.
The digitalization initiative of the Government is to build a truly inclusive and enlightened India. This unique initiative for health care named ‘Sehat’ is an initiative in furtherance to Government’s commitment to empower rural citizens in having access to information, knowledge, skills and other services in various sectors through the intervention of digital technologies and fulfilling the vision of a ‘Digital India’.