Bhubaneswar, 30.05.2015: Govt. of Odisha — PPP initiative which is both pro poor and pro people aimed at creation of e-infrastructure at village level to provide access to Quality Health Care at the doorstep of villages of Odisha. It aimed at bridging the gap of demand supply mismatch Doctor-wise and Facility-wise, reducing the out of pocket expenses of the poor people at no additional capital cost to Government in the augmentation of existing Govt. health infrastructure. It aims at providing employment opportunity to the unemployed youth at, minimum One from each village. With the support of National Resource Center SGPGIMS, Lucknow, the Telemedicine Network has been running in the State since it was inaugurated in a remote forest and tribal dominated location in Western Odisha at Rairakhol in June 2012. While it was described when it was started, as a unique Tele Health enterprises on PPP model, first of its kind in the Country in such dimension exploring potential of employment generation among Unemployed rural youth, school dropout and women & accepted as the most ideal mode for a developing Country where money is a constraint, now it has been adjudged by Ministry of H&FW, Govt. of India as globally one among the Eight Best practices and the only initiative providing Total Healthcare Solution in ICT Platform. Healthcare Services have been provided to 4,13,830 patients till 28.05.2015 through 40 centers opened so far. While installation of the programme got started with Govt. Orders issued August 2012, the SOP (Standard Operating Protocol) for the project under the PPP mode incorporating the project operational guidelines and specifying the role and responsibility of the Government and the PPP partner was issued on September 2012. While this has been taken as a role model for all round National Development and acknowledged as One of the Globally accepted best practices, Hon’ble CM Odisha extended his thanks to Shri K.N. Bhagat, Managing Trustee, O’ITET and Govt., which are partners of the PPP project as well as to the National Resource Center under the Ministry H&FW GoT, SGPGIMS, Lucknow for designing, Developing, deploying and mentoring the rural Tele Health Network and in creating a technical pool of ICT skilled health care resources. Odisha has set the example for the world and would march ahead to become the No.1 State in the Country in creation of employment opportunities while providing quality health care services to the poor and un accessed.