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Aarogya Setu launches another service offering COVID-19 teleconsults, sample collections, and medicine delivery

Aarogya Setu is now aggregating COVID-19 teleconsultations, home sample collection for lab tests, and delivery of medicines, as was indicated by people behind its development just two weeks ago. Aarogya Setu Mitr is a public-private partnership facilitated by the government's Principal Scientific Advisor and NITI Aayog, with "voluntary participation" from organisations, industry coalitions, and startups. The "key service" is free teleconsultations for patients who have symptoms for COVID-19, while medicine delivery and home collection of samples are "ancillary services", according to service's FAQ section. Upon selecting the service on the Aarogya Setu app, a pop-up notifications alerts the user that they are being redirected to an external site called "aarogyasetumitr.in". Users are not automatically logged in "as your data is not being carried forward", the notification says. The service is not charging providers any fee for listing on the site, though it has set down minimum criteria to be able to list as a vendor for each service. It is currently not servicing all locations. The service says that users/customers can write to the app-makers, and they will work on finding service providers for the users' locations on priority. So far, service providers who have contacted the service and confirmed their ability to assist have been listed. COVID-19 teleconsultations offered by 5 vendors Aarogya Setu Mitr essentially aggregates different telemedicine vendors, as teleconsults can actually be booked on the vendor's website or service. The service claims that telemedicine services are supported in Hindi and English, but it's unclear whether all the teleconsultations will be…

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