Tele-medicine technology is going to be the main pillar of India’s future health care system: Union Minister Jitendra Singh
Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh has said that Tele-medicine technology is going to be the main pillar of India’s future health care system. He was launching the Tele-Digital Healthcare Pilot Program at BHU in Varanasi yesterday.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, innovative healthcare solutions like Tele-medicine could save India between 4-5 billion US dollars every year and replace half of in-person outpatient consultations.
The Minister said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital Health Mission is the next frontier to ensure healthcare delivery is accessible, available, and affordable to all, particularly the poor living in rural and inaccessible terrain. He said, Tele-medicine in the country has proven to be cost-effective by about 30 percent less than equivalent in-person visits.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, the Tele-Digital Healthcare project starting in three districts of Varanasi, Gorakhpur and Kamjong in Manipur will cover 60,000 patients in the initial phase and it will be scaled up gradually to cover the entire country in the coming years.