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Posted at: Nov 30, 2016, 2:09 AM; last updated: Nov 30, 2016, 2:09 AM (IST)

Rs 100-cr telemedicine institute project set to take off at PGI

What is telemedicine

  • Telemedicine is the transmission of medical information in the form of audio, video, text and images of patients from one location to another, using telecommunication channels. The main communication is between two or more clinics, hospitals, institutions and health centres, within a country or outside, for consultation, advice and opinion. Telemedicine also means the transfer of expertise from one point to another and it is the fastest means of consultation for improvement and efficiency in diagnosis and treatment. The most important aspect of telemedicine is the digital convergence of medical records, charts, X-rays, histopathology slides and medical procedures (including lab tests) conducted on the patients.

Useful for CME programme

  • One of the important applications of telemedicine is in a continuing medical education (CME) programme. This is a useful means for medical, nursing and para-medical professionals as well as for those undergoing internship. An MoU had earlier been signed between the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and ISRO for providing teleeducation to all connected centres with the help of the PGI on July 15, 2016, in which the PGI will be transmitting tele-CME to more than 100 ISRO connected centres.

Charu Chhibber

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29

The PGI’s ambitious Rs 100 crore project of the National Institute of Telemedicine is ready to take off. The project has got the nod of the apex decision-making body. A notification in this regard was issued today. The institute had earlier received sanction from the governing body.

Confirming the same, Dr Meenu Singh, Professor in-charge of the telemedicine centre at the PGI, said the centre is already working as the national agency for telemedicine. “With the notification received today, we can start work on its expansion as a National Institute of Telemedicine,” she said. 

Giving further details, Dr Singh said the area above the Tulsi Das Library was earmarked for the institute. “We may need additional land for the same, which will be taken care of,” she said.

The National Institute of Telemedicine will feature specialities in areas of tele consideration, tele education, tele evidence and mHealth (mobile health care).

“Our aim is to establish connectivity with all medical colleges of India and set up a system, wherein we can impart education,” informed Dr Singh. The PGI currently has a telemedicine programme in the specialties of gynaecology, paediatrics, medicine and surgery. 

Notably, during his visit to the PGI on August 6 this year, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister JP Nadda had stated that the PGI would soon become the national institute for telemedicine.   

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