Healthcare ATM

Doctor/Patient ratio in India is 0.59/1000 population as against a minimum of 1/1000 population recommended by WHO. Shortage of doctors at PHC level is 26% nationally and 18% in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

Govt. of India has initiated a Government Patented Program "Healthcare ATM" for PHCs without doctors or those with work load of less than 15 patients per day. It uses SMS based patient vital parameter monitor, non-invasive Hemoglobin meter, on-site urine sensitivity device connected to a medical call centre (108/104/DH) where qualified doctor receive patient details. The doctor prescribes the drugs, command of which is sent to the facility and a free generic drug vending machine is dispensed at the facility. The 3-5 minute cycle connects the patient & ANM at facility, the remote doctor and provides "Diagnostics-Doctor-Drug" to the patient. The entire process is free of internet to avoid communication failure.

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Special Chief Secretary to Govt.,
Health, Medical & Family Welfare Dept.
5th Block,Ground Floor,Room No:157,
A.P Secretariat,Velagapudi,
Guntur Dt., Andhra Pradesh.