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NTN | Concept Note

The Concept Note is aimed at providing an integrated approach towards achieving online medical consultation for providing health services to citizens in urban and rural areas of the country by creating Information Communication & Technology (ICT) infrastructure at Government Health Care service delivery centres. The Health care system in India, at present, has a three-tier structure to provide health care services to its people. The primary tier comprises three types of health care institutions: Sub Centre (SC), Primary Health Centre (PHC) and Community Health Centre (CHC). The Second tier, District Hospitals and Sub-Divisional Hospitals to provide Healthcare services in districts and urban areas of the State. The Tertiary healthcare tier comprises of Super Specialty Hospitals or Medical colleges providing tertiary care services to the citizens. With more than 190 Government Medial Colleges , 750 District hospitals, 1024 SubDivisional Hospitals, 5263 CHC’s and 25020 PHCs, ( Source : Rural Health Statistics, MoHFW) the quantum of Government institutions is considerably large and also the geographical spread is vast. Therefore it is proposed that the Department will follow an incremental approach to implement the National Telemedicine Network (NTN) initiative in consultation with State Governments on Public Private Partnership (PPP) model. In the first phase of National Telemedicine Network project, it is proposed to connect District Hospital with SDH/PHC/CHCs at remote/rural locations in the ratio of 1:10. The District hospital will itself be networked with Medical College in every State.

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