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Uttarakhand: CM Dhami inaugurated 50 health ATMs on Chardham Yatra routes, passengers will get this facility

Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said that the state government and the health department are working seriously to provide accessible and good health facilities to the pilgrims during the Chardham Yatra. Health ATMs being installed on travel routes and remote areas are proving to be extremely beneficial for the travelers and the local people. Health ATM technology is one of the most important developments in the medical profession to provide accessible and affordable primary and preventive health services to the people. It is going to bridge the gap between urban and rural healthcare and improve the overall health of people in remote areas.

Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Monday inaugurated 50 health ATMs to be provided under the CSR of the HPE Company on the Chardham Yatra routes at the Chief Minister’s residence. On this occasion, an MoU was signed between the Health Department and (Hewlett Packard Enterprise) HPE to set up 25 health ATMs in the Kumaon region for the Mansarovar Yatra.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said that so far more than 1700 people have got their health check-up done through the Health ATMs installed recently in different places of the state. People are getting the benefit of Health ATM. He said that smooth operation and maintenance of the health ATMs installed is also necessary. The Chief Minister said that it is also necessary to have accessible medical facilities on the Char Dham Yatra routes. Health guidelines have been issued by the Health Department for Chardham Yatris, which are necessary to be followed. Along with this, the pilgrims should also keep information about the weather and proceed with their journey accordingly.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has installed 50 cloud enabled Health Kiosks (Health ATMs) at Char Dham pilgrimage sites with an aim to provide easy and affordable healthcare services. These Health ATMs will be one-stop digital touch point integrated machines to provide telemedicine services to the pilgrims during their Char Dham Yatra in the state of Uttarakhand. These cloud enabled health kiosks have been installed at various places where pilgrims usually take rest during their pilgrimage to the four Himalayan pilgrimage centers of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The main objective of these health kiosks is to facilitate access to primary health care by pilgrims and public in remote areas during their visit. Health Kiosk is a touch screen hardware designed for managing health information and allows people to access their personal health information 24×7 through any internet connected web browser.

The machine can instantly report over 70 medical tests including patient’s height, weight, body temperature, blood glucose, blood pressure, invasive and non-invasive blood tests, heart checks and oxygen saturation levels within fifteen minutes. It can also help patients consult for the best treatment from specialist and certified doctors and hospitals through its telemedicine consultation facility. These machines have a power backup of up to three hours. The 50 health kiosks have been deployed on the “Char Dham Marg” from Haridwar as a base and then branched out on Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath Marg.

Secretary Health Dr. R. Rajesh Kumar, Additional Secretary Ms. Amandeep Kaur, Director General Health Department Dr. Vinita Shah, MD HPE Som Satsangi, HPE CSR Sushil Bhatla and other senior officers were present on the occasion.