Shimla: Telemedicine project promoted by the Department of Information Technology (DIT) in association with the Health Department has build the telemedicine project keeping in mind acute shortage of doctors in the snow bound areas and tough geographical locations of Himachal Pradesh. Department of Information Technology, Shimla, with CDAC, Mohali, is providing technical support to the project.
The latest initiative envisages connecting 19 health centres at district, block and tehsil headquarters with IGMC Shimla and PGI Chandigarh through ISDN link to facilitate experts’ advice. If all goes well with the plan, the facility of telemedicine could be accessed by the people across the state in the next couple of years, said a government spokesperson.
B .K .Agarwal, Secretary, Information Technology, said that under the telemedicine system ZH, Rekong Peo RH, Rampur CH, Rohroo RH, Nahan ,CH, Banjar ZH, DharamshalaCHC, BharmaurCHC, Kyelong CHC, Kyelong CHC, TissaCHC, PoohCHC, Janjehli CHC, Shialai CHC, Sangrah , CH, Karsog RH, Chamba RH, Kullu RH, Hamirpur ZH, and Mandi have been connected with telemedicine facilities. He also said that Tanda Medical College Kangra will soon be connected with telemedicine facility.
DoIT had a dedicated 2MBPS leased line through BSNL and the link is being utilised for the patients’ direct interface with experts sitting in renowned IGMC Shimla, he added.
Telemedicine can be defined as a procedure through which medical services are made available remotely, through a combination of telecommunications, multimedia technologies and medical expertise. Telemedicine has become increasingly possible due to a confluence of ongoing technical advances in multimedia, imaging, computers and information systems as well as in telecommunications.
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