Till date, the Indian Government has taken various steps to strengthen the telemedicine network to provide healthcare services in the country especially rural India. Some of the efforts in this direction which need a mention are:
National Medical College Network (NMCN): With the purpose of e-Education and e-Healthcare delivery, 50 Government Medical Colleges have been selected to interconnect, riding over NKN (National Knowledge Network). For this purpose, one National Resource Centre (NRC) with required centralized infrastructure and 7 Regional Resource Centres (RRCs) have been established.
State Telemedicine Network (STN): The States/UTs have been supported under National Health Mission (NHM) under Program Implementation Plan (PIP) for strengthening State Telemedicine initiatives under STN & to create reliable, ubiquitous and high-speed network backbone, all available and future networks. So far,10 states have been financially supported.
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) in collaboration with Department of Space has setup Telemedicine nodes at some pilgrim places for health awareness, screening of non-communicable disease (NCD) and for providing specialty consultation to the devotees visiting holy places like Maa Vindhyavasini Mandir, Vindhyachal Dham, Mirzapur (UP), Sheshnag, Amarnath Pilgrimage (J&K), Pampa Hospital, Ayyappa Temple at Sabrimala (Kerala) and Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
Tele-Evidence: The tele-evidence facility streamlines the process of doctors appearing in courts in response to the summons and saving their time not only for patient care but also for medical education and research. The project is operational in Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh since March 2014.