ISRO¶s Telemedicine network has touched more than 30,000,000 people o Various state governments under National

Rural Health Mission (NRHM) have begun implementing Telemedicine network o States such as Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Chattisgarh, Rajasthan and Kerala have all district covered under Telemedicine network o States such as Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, J&K, Punjab including North East states have taken to Telemedicine in big way. o Under NRHM, government has allocated a budget of Rs. 10 million per annum for each state to increase Telemedicine nodes at district level. o Telemedicine network under the eHealth initiatives has been put to use to provide Continual Medical Education (CME) for doctors and nurses o Large companies such as ONGC have adopted Telemedicine for their remote operations Players in the Telemedicine are: o Ministry of Health, Government of India (GoI) o Department of Information Technology, GoI o State Government, which manages hospitals in district and remote places o Satellite bandwidth provider ± ISRO o Medical Education provider ± AIIMS, SGPGI, Medical Colleges across India o Healthcare providers - Apollo Hospitals, AIIMS, Asian Heart Foundation, Narayana Hrudalya, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, District hospitals o Telemedicine software provider ± C-DAC, Televital, Apollo Telemedicine Networking Foundation o Medical equipment providers ± Wipro GE Healthcare, Siemens, Philips o Telecommunications equipment providers ± VTEL, Cisco, Ericson o Videoconferencing equipment provider ± Polycom, SONY. 11th Five-Year plan allocates priority for providing accessible health care to rural population using existing fiber optic and satellite infrastructure , With the help of IT, satellite and fibre optic network, Telemedicine provides specialized healthcare to remote corners of country Telemedicine as a practice has been adopted by both ± private and public sector healthcare providers Telemedicine at present is mainly used for noninvasive and non-surgical diagnosis and treatment Telemedicine is making healthcare financially viable to non-insured and poor people.

Rural Telemedicine: This project is sponsored by Media Lab Asia, Dept. of IT, Govt. of India and is being implemented by C-DAC Trivandrum. The core objective of the project is to develop and pilot implement a resources sharing, integrated, rural healthcare delivery system through Telemedicine using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at Tirur Taluk of Malappuram District using available network coverage provided by KSWAN / Akshaya network. This will facilitate some of the selected Primary Health Centres, Community Health Centres, Block Panchayath Health Centres., Taluk Hospital and District Hospital to have expert consultation with the Specialty hospitals like Regional Cancer Centre- Trivandrum, Medical College Hospital- Trivandrum, Sree Chitra Tirunal hospital at Thiruvananthapuram and Medical

during the swine flu epidemic. As we would be covering all district hospitals connected to us in the whole Maharashtra. lack of sufficient medical personnel.).in/Telemedicine. worked on the project. our specialist actively participated in the CME programmes conducted by different district hospitals. a Govt. Furthermore.htm] The role of Telemedicine in the state of Tripura¶s journey towards e-governance was marked as potentially important way back in 2005 when the Department of Information Technology. Kharagpur. Nanavati hospital is the only private hospital recognized by Maharashtra state NRHM for super-specialty services. Nanavati Telemedicine Master centre is now connected to 28 District hospitals in Maharashtra under NRHM [National Rural Health Mission] project. All consultants are encouraged to use the NRHM network for the benefit of the patients. for development of technology. All the telemedicine centres set up under the Onconet and Telemedicine Kerala projects are fully operational with high end video conferencing facilities. this can be rolled out to cover the entire state with minimum cost. ween courage our consultants to conduct CME in area of their special interest which would result in strengthening their bond with their colleagues in home towns and also facilitate our consultants to see / consult their patients in their home towns via our telemedicine centre. Government of India sponsored a pilot Telemedicine project for development and implementation in Tripura Government Hospitals. On successful implementation. lack of awareness among public. Also. At present. WEBEL Electronic Communication Systems Ltd (Webel ECS Ltd. this will allow the rural hospitals to attend appropriate CME programs hosted at the Speciality hospitals.College Hospital at Kozhikode. Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. in collaboration with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).. http://tripuranrhm. etc.B. As NRHM services will expand further we would be catering to 20 more sub-district hospitals in Maharashtra. This tie up has resulted in benefitting many patients by getting tele-consultation from our specialists since 2008. Undertaking. NRHM Tripura [Ref. This project includes eleven hospitals. a wholly owned subsidiary of West Bengal Electronics Industry Development Corporation Ltd. out of which four are specialty hospitals and seven are primary care hospitals networked through KSWAN/Akshaya. Proposed to be developed and run using the Leased Line communication network. . the facilities are not fully used at all peripheral centres to meet the requirements of patients due to various reasons such as lack of competent and interested nodal officers. of W.

dermatology. In 2010-2011. Government of India. Gandacherra SDH. Agartala and five other nodal centers at the Amarpur SDH. The second and third Telemedicine projects on the development and application of Telemedicine for Tripura Government Hospitals using 512 kbps / 2 mbps leased lines from BSNL were also been sponsored by the Department of Information Technology. Over 21000 patients were treated in six years (from June. etc. the Hon¶ble Health and Family Welfare Minister of the state on 9th June. which was around 75% of the total patient referrals. the first telemedicine network in Tripura was set up with the referral center at GB Pant Hospital and IGM Hospital. radiology. But for last few years. these three disciplines almost equally shared the load. more than 50% of patient referrals were for cases of general medicine. 2005 to June. gynecology. 2011) using this network. in collaboration with IIT Kharagpur. Kanchanpur SDH. Chailengta SDH and Kathalia PHC. there were significant increase in number consultations in radiology and orthopedics also. pediatrics.In 2005. surgical. The major disciplines covered under this service are medicine. orthopedics. It is also heartening to see that every year the number of patients treated through telemedicine . In the initial years. The projects have been implemented by WEBEL ECS Ltd. 2005. The network was inaugurated by Shri Tapan Chakraborty. Ministry of Communication & Information Technology.

Mohali provided VPN(Virtual Private Network) connectivity for better data and picture transfer. The network was formally inaugurated by Hon¶ble Chief Minister of Orissa on 13th October 2003 at Cuttack.is increasing.5. AIIMS. After a trial period of six months the expanded network was officially inaugurated by Commissioner-cumSecretary.08. Last year over 7000 patients got the benefit of this technology. New Delhi.php/special-initiaves/tele-medicine ODHISA Telemedicine Network Phase I Orissa Telemedicine Network was established in 2003 that connected all the three Govt. Kendrapara. Rourkela Govt. PGIMER. Baripada. Dhenkanal. Boudh. Lucknow. The State Government is also proactive in the sustenance of the services. Hospitals viz.in/index. Jagatsinghpur. Baragarh. Sonepur. Lucknow agreed to include SCB Medical College. Nuapada. Gajapati. Medical colleges of Orissa ( Located in three districts of Ganjam. Jharsuguda. Malkangiri and one more city hospital i. Min. For project maintenance and for up-gradation of the sanjeevani software by adding additional modules of Nephrology and Dermatology the project period was extended in the year 2007 for another 3 years. keonjhar. Sundergarh. Govt. Deogarh. Rayagada.C-DAC. and Capital Hospital.e. Balasore.gov. Nayagarh. Chandigarh and SGPGIMS. NRHM Kerala http://arogyakeralam. of Health & Family Welfare on 12. In the third phase which is being implemented at present. Bhawanipatna. Puri. In the year 2007 with similar support from ISRO. Cuttack in another Telemedicine Project that linked all the three premier medical institutes i. Angul. hospitals of Koraput. This enabled extension of specialty and super specialty medical care to these districts from SCB Medical College & Hospital. Bhadrak. of India in the year 2004 on suggestions of SGPGIMS. During this period the implementing agency i. Department of Information and Technology. Sambalpur and Cuttack) to Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS). Bolangir. all the rest 21 district Hqrs. Nabarangpur. the network expanded further to include district Hqrs. Dept.e. The network worked on ISDN connectivity with Sanjeevani and Mercury telemedicine softwares developed and installed by C-DAC (Center for Development of Advanced Computing) Mohali(Chandigarh) and Pune respectively.e. The hardware and software were provided by ISRO along with bandwidth free of charge. Kandhamal. of Communications & Information Technology. SCB Medical College under this project received a set of very good quality Telemedicine equipments in 2005. Lucknow through Satellite-based VSAT connectivity. Rourkela will be provided the telemedicine facility and will be connected to all the three . After the completion of the project period. Jajpur. Hospital. the state government took special initiative for arranging funds from National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) for maintenance of the systems and supporting trained manpower to the telemedicine centers. Bhubaneswar as phase II implementation of Orissa Telemedicine Network. Cuttack.

Establishment of Phase I and Phase II Network was completed in 2008. Operate and Transfer) model. of Orissa from the financial year 20052006 for subsequent 4 years towards establishment of the Telemedicine Network in the state.it/~chelaf/ss264 . Pune is the implementing agency and the project is being implemented on a BOT(Build. procurement of equipments related to Telemedicine and for recurring & maintenance expenses of the Telemedicine Network.Govt. The primary communication infrastructure used will be MPLS-VPN connectivity to be provided by BSNL. The telemedicine fund is being utilized towards development of infrastructure. Medical College Hospitals of the state zone-wise(Total 25 Telemedicine Nodes). http://users.Orissa.In the year 2009-2010 an amount of 10lakh was provided for maintenance of the network. Center for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC). Each Remote Telemedicine Center(RTC) will have stable/reliable connectivity with upload & download speed up to 512kbps and each Telemedicine Referral Center(TRC) will have stable/reliable connectivity with upload & download speed up to 2Mbps with unlimited data volume. The Phase III implementation of the Orissa Telemedicine Network will be undertaken by NRHM(Orissa) with funding from Orissa State Health & Family Welfare Society (OSH&FWS) Govt. of Orissa. An amount of approx one crore was provided by Govt.ictp.

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