SeHAT Initiative - Services e-Health Assistance and Teleconsultation

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Mar 7, 2023, 11:43

SeHAT Initiative Stands for Services e-Health Assistance and Teleconsultation. The current government introduced a telehealth effort in collaborative efforts with Apollo Hospitals to offer healthcare facilities in remote regions. Individuals can seek advice from doctors via videoconference.

People living in rural areas could perhaps seek advice from doctors online and buy generic drugs through the 'SeHAT' service.

In some places, CSCs have been offering a teleconsultation system with the help of Apollo and Medanta, and the teleconsultation services are being stretched to 60,000 CSCs around the country through this program.

Facts About SeHAT Initiative

It is the Ministry of Defense's tri-services teleconsultation service, which is available to all eligible service members and their respective families.

The Minister Of defence inaugurated SeHAT Initiative in May 2021 as a component of the government with regard to Digital India and e-Government. SeHAT Initiative's goal is to give healthcare to individuals in the comfort of their own homes.

SeHAT Initiative Stay Home OPD is modelled after eSanjeevani, a comparable OPD service provided to all residents by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

SeHATOPD is simply a patient-to-doctor program that allows patients to consult with a doctor over the web.

Objectives of SeHAT Initiative

Sehat is an acronym that stands for Social Endeavour for Health and Telemedicine. In connection with its Digital India ambition, the government introduced Sehat, a pan-India health action plan.

The action plan, which will be operated in partnership with Apollo Hospitals, seeks to link 60,000 common service branches across the nation and provide people with health services regardless of their geographical location.

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With about an estimated investment of over 1.13 trillion during the next 3 - 5 years, the flagship Digital India action plan intends to develop digital infrastructure, focus on providing government services on the web and mobile applications, and digitally enable all citizens.

Supportive and safe video-based medical appointments between a physician in a clinic and a patient in their home anywhere around the country have now been permitted, and are designed to be extremely simple and easy to use, requiring minimal effort from users.

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FAQs on SeHAT Initiative

Q1. Which ministry is the driving force behind the SeHAT Initiative?

The Services e-Health Assistance and Teleconsultation (SeHAT) initiative were introduced by the Union Defence Ministry. Its goal is to distribute medicines to vets and active military people in their homes.

Q2. Who inaugurated the SeHAT Initiative telemedicine?

The government’s recent healthcare and IT program, SeHAT (Social Endeavour for Health and Telemedicine) initiative, was released successfully at the India Habitat Centre located in Delhi by Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad- the Union Minister of Law and Justice, and the Union Minister of Communications and Information Technology.

Q3. What exactly is the SeHAT Initiative?

The Ministry of Defense's Services e-Health Assistance and Teleconsultation (SeHAT Initiative) is a part of the multi teleconsultation program for all eligible employees and members.

Q4. What does OPD stand for in the context of the SeHAT Initiative?

In the context of the SeHAT Initiative, The Outpatient Department is nothing but OPD. In medical terms, an OPD is designed to be the principal channel of contact between the patient and the healthcare personnel. When a patient initially enters the hospital, they are directed to the OPD, which further determines which ward the patient would be assigned to.

Q5. What exactly is e-SeHAT in the context of the SeHAT Initiative?

The Ministry of Defense's SeHAT Initiative (Services e-Health Assistance and Teleconsultation) is nothing but a tri-services teleconsultation facility for all eligible personnel and their families launched as an initiative of the government in response to Digital India and e-Governance.