Odisha government signed an MoU with Glocal Healthcare Systems for management and operation of 102 digital dispensaries across 23 districts on 22 January 2019.
Digital dispensary is a concept to reach the rural areas where, it is often difficult for people to access doctors, especially for minor ailments. Through this digital dispensary concept, the government is trying to harness the power of technology to bring the services of an MBBS doctor and primary healthcare to the doorsteps of the people.
Each digital dispensary has provision for an MBBS doctor consultation through video conference facility along with a pharmacist, nurse, laboratory assistant and support staff. These are also equipped with a minimum set of investigations such as routine test of urine, blood, sugar, malaria, dengue, BP, ECG, pregnancy detection etc.
The Government of Odisha has undertaken the project to scale up the model to 102 locations across 23 districts of Odisha, viz. Angul, Balasore, Baragarh, Bolangir, Boudh, Cuttack, Deogarh, Dhenkanal, Gajapati, Ganjam, Jajpur, Jharsuguda, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Kendrapara, Koraput, Malkangiri, Mayurbhanj, Nuapada, Puri, Rayagada, Sambalpur and Sundargarh. The locations of these dispensaries are in remote areas where the population does not have easy access to a doctor.
Earlier, the project was implemented as pilot basis in 25 locations of Nabarangpur district and five locations of Keonjhar district, in partnership mode with Glocal Healthcare Systems (P) Ltd.
About G1 Digital Dispensary Project
Glocal Healthcare has entered into Public Private Partnerships (PPP) with State governments of Rajasthan, Odisha and Chhattisgarh to set up digital dispensaries. It has also developed a franchise model for expansion. Following are the models under which the digital dispensaries are operating: