In an attempt to make Aarogya Setu a one-stop solution for all healthcare and Covid-19 prevention needs, the Indian government has launched a new Mitr portal to offer free telemedicine and consultation services for coronavirus-related inquiries. Aarogya Setu Mitr would also allow the users to book doorstep lab tests.
The Aarogya Setu app has partnered with Swasth Foundation, Project StepOne, Tata Bridgital Health and Tech Mahindra’s healthcare initiative Connectsense Telehealth to offer teleconsultation service from verified doctors.
Public-Private Partnership Brings Aarogya Setu Mitr
The Aarogya Setu Mitr portal has been developed in a public-private partnership (PPP) through a high-powered committee involving departments and business leaders. The committee aimed to revamp the Aarogya Setu app to create a one-stop solution equipped with healthcare facilities, remote healthcare, and medical staff support. The government believes that this would reduce the burden on the Indian healthcare system by providing remote healthcare support.
Aarogya Setu Mitr partner Swasth Foundation is a coalition of top Indian hospitals and telemedicine players in India that is offering a Covid-19 helpline at the moment. Whereas, Project StepOne is powering state helpline numbers by leveraging an existing network of cloud telephony, queuing systems and doctors. Both offer consultations from verified doctors in Marathi, Kannada, Odia, Punjabi, Telugu, Tamil, Hindi and English.
Tata Group’s healthcare initiative Tata Bridgital Health is offering teleconsultations from 100 verified doctors through the medium of audio, video and text in English and Hindi. Meanwhile, Tech Mahindra’s Connectsense Telehealth platform is offering audio and video consultation from leading hospitals in Telugu, English and Hindi.
Besides these, Aarogya Setu Mitr has listed 1mg Dr Lal Pathlabs, Metropolis, SRL Diagnostics and Thyrocare to offer doorstep lab tests. Once the request is placed, the companies will collect all required samples from home and deliver the results as well. Besides these, online pharmacies like Netmeds, PharmaEasy, and Medlife, along with 1mg, have been listed to offer medicines online.
Aarogya Setu assures users that the data collected is encrypted and the portal is equipped with standard security features to protect the confidentiality and security of the information.