In its ongoing pursuit to enhance health services in the state of Uttar Pradesh, the state government headed by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has set up health ATMs and has also provided health experts to run them at 200 identified health units.
The government intends to install health ATMs at all the 4,600 wellness centers in the state soon and CM Yogi has already made an announcement in this regard.
Besides, on the instructions of the CM the officials concerned are preparing to provide the facility of teleconsultation at all the health centers of the state and the training of health workers has already started in this context.
It may be noted that the CM inaugurated the first health ATM of the state in the month of September this year to upgrade health services in the state. A health ATM can conduct tests for more than 30 diseases immediately.
Training of 200 health workers from all over the state has been completed at the National Health Mission Headquarters recently to operate the health ATM machines installed in the primary health centers, community health centers and district hospitals of the state.
Principal Secretary, Medical Health and Family Welfare Parthasarathy Sen Sharma on Monday said that in the coming times, health ATMs will prove to be very effective for better use of technology to make health facilities accessible to the general public.” Also, after training, health workers will prove to be more helpful for the patients,” he said.
He said that through these expert health workers reports of 30 types of tests will be made available to the patients in a very short time through printout, WhatsApp, e-mail and SMS. “Simultaneously, the results of the test will be shared by the doctors on the telemedicine hub. This will save time in treatment and patients will not have to worry due to availability of check-up and treatment under one roof,” he said.
The Principal Secretary said there is also a provision to provide medical consultation through telemedicine if there is no deployment of a doctor at places where Health ATMs have been set up.
“Provision of video consultation has already started after the prescribed tests at 200 places where the health ATMs have been installed and medical prescriptions received from the doctors are being made available to the patients through their phones,” he said.
He said that the Medical Officer in-charge would be responsible for the overall operation of the health ATM. Moreover, the provision of teleconsultation services through health ATMs and doctors available in e-Sanjeevani is also under process.