Yes, You heard it right 'Medical ATM' . Similar to ATM Machines To Withdraw money Pilot Project for 1 year is launched in India in which Government has provided ATM's to Withdraw their medicines . You will be surprised & having number of questions in your mind regarding what facility will be provided and how ?
Medical ATM Will Connect Patients To Online-Doctor Who Will Register the Patient and Advice the Machine to Dispense Right Medicine
Major Question in your mind could be Who Will Give Prescription ? Yes , so Under this Project Whenever you visit a doctor you will be get a printed Bill With a Bar Code on it and yes that bar code will contain all information about you prescribed medicines It will act like a Medical Card your all your Health Info and you just need to Show Bar Code on your Medical Slip in front of Bar Code Scanner on ATM then ATM will push our your prescribed medicines to you after collecting money from you .
Isn't this wonderful . Yes , Definitely . Five ATMs have been lauched in four states of India — MP, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh — under Health Ministry pilot Project .
India currently has 0.51 doctors per 1,000 population, half the 1:1,000 ratio recommended by World Health Organization. Rural India’s ratio is 0.63 per 10,000. This project is lauched due to massive shortage of doctors in the Country to help some people and fullfill the shortage of doctors on required Locations and Situations .
From call centres, doctors will evaluate the condition of the patient — and if needed they will talk to Patients — and decide whether the person needs to be referred to a Clinic where doctor is available . In the latter case, a prescription will be generated and a command given automatically to the ATM to dispense only the drug prescribed, and no other. The MPHW will explain the dosage to the patient. And in case urgent referral is required, the 108 ambulance service will be made available at the sub-centre.
Every ATM will be managed by multipurpose public health worker (MPHW) or an auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM) armed with a multi-parameter patient vital monitor and other devices required for checking basic health parameters After successfull registeration of Patient these indicators would be transmitted to a medical call centre through a GSM-based monitor. In Beginning basic health parameters such as temperature, blood pressure, blood glucose and blood haemoglobin will be checked and the data instantly transmitted.