Services e-Health Assistance and Teleconsultation (SeHAT) Initiative

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has introduced medical teleconsultation services for veterans and serving military people using an online medical consultation platform called Services e-Health Assistance and Teleconsultation (SeHAT). In this article you will find details of the initiative and its significance.

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What is SeHAT Initiative?

  • The Ministry of Defence’s tri-services teleconsultation initiative, Services e-Health Assistance and Teleconsultation (SeHAT), is meant for all eligible personnel and their dependents.
  • This is in line with the government’s commitment to Digital India and e-Governance. It has been a brilliant example of ingenuity, especially at a time when the country is battling COVID-19.
  • The initiative was launched in May 2021 and is not confined to the armed forces personnel and extends to their families as well.
  • To add further to this initiative, the Home Delivery or Self Pickup of Medicines to patients seeking consultation on SeHAT was started from February 01, 2022.

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Who Developed SeHAT?

  • The portal has been developed by the Department of Military Affairs (DMA), Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS), Integrated Defence Staff (IDS), Centre for Development of Artificial Computing (C-DAC) Mohali, and other organisations.
    • The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) is the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology’s (MeitY) major R&D organisation for carrying out R&D in IT & E (Information Technologies and Electronics) and related disciplines.

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Significance of the SeHAT Initiative

  • Stay at home, SeHATOPD is a patient-to-doctor system in which a patient may consult with a doctor remotely through the internet utilising his Smartphone, laptop, desktop, or tablet, the consultation takes place via video, audio, and chat. It strives to provide people with high-quality healthcare services from the comfort of their own homes.
  • SeHAT Stay Home OPD is designed on the lines of eSanjeevani, a related free OPD service provided to all residents by the MoHFW (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare).
  • Safe and structured video-based clinical consultations between a doctor in a hospital and a patient in his or her home anywhere in the country have been enabled and are meant to be exceedingly simple and straightforward to use, requiring minimum effort from users.
  • To seek teleconsultation, the user does not need to pay anything and may just access the services by visiting https://sehatopd.gov.in or by utilising the SeHAT applications available on the Play Store and App Stores.

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