In Coming November, Common Service Centers (CSCs) in rural areas will start rolling out telemedicine services, through which people can access alternative medicine systems such as homoeopathy and Ayurveda. The service will be made available after an agreement signed between CSC e-Governance Services India (CSC SPV) and Ministry of AYUSH.
“The ministry will provide doctors who can provide tele-counselling to citizens through video conferencing. CSV has a video conferencing platform that operates on low bandwidth and does not even require a broadband connection. Initially, there will be an effort to promote the proven form of medicine in Tamil. Nadu. For this, one hundred CSCs were selected Or, “CSC CEO Dinesh SPV Tyagi said.
He said that the integration of the telemedicine service with the CSC platform would take about a week. The service will initially be available for free and later the CSC SPV will work at some moderate rate for rural level entrepreneurs (VLEs). After Siddha, homoeopathy and other forms of alternative medicine in the form of Ayurveda will also be made available under the program, Tyagi said.
“Telemedicine service will be available round the clock. It will be started in other states from December onwards,” he said. The CSC, which serves as access points for the delivery of digital services, will be provided with some drug kits to meet the prescription requirement and the rest can be purchased by either the patient or VLE.