Health Ministry Prepares Project to Link Medical Colleges for Tele-Medicine Facilities


A major step in Indian pharmaceutical industry was pushing up the e-health programmes, the health ministry has prepared a programme called – National Medical College Network— to link the government medical colleges in the country having national knowledge network so that numerous patients get much needed tertiary-level care.

It is also noted that the medical colleges would serve as major resource centres and government hospitals would be attached to them. In addition special facilities for treatment of heart diseases, cancer and other serious ailments would also be developed at medical colleges. The other major advantage of this cogent network would be expedient tele-continuing medical education (CME) under the project which is to be launched soon.

They are estimated that the Government would be spending Rs.122 crore for different e-health programmes comprising telemedicine. Under National Optical Fibre Network (Ministry of Communications & IT) Initiative, three sites are under pilot projects of telemedicine.

There are lot of tertiary and secondary care medical institutions across the country with government and private sector, are actively involved in telemedicine healthcare delivery services. The credit should go to Department of Electronics & Information Technology and Department of Space where it established the telemedicine facilities initially in various states in the country.

In order to give importance for cancer care, all the important Regional Cancer Centres along with four peripheral hospitals at district level were networked under OncoNET project. In addition the Tele-ophthalmology projects have been successfully deployed in most of the states cherishing potent Vision Centres to link expert eye centres.

Recently due to enormous efforts from Government the Health has been declared as a Mission Mode Project under the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) and already a number of qualitative measures were taken. There are several other potent proposals are under consideration for more such initiatives.

The most popular programme is called Epicentre which is utilized for TB programme data reporting by Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme. It is also heard that the Strategic Information Management System is professionally used for HIV/AIDS data reporting by National AIDS Control Organization. Apart from this a unique Mother Child Tracking System (MCTS), recently introduced to utilize under NRHM for name based tracking of mother and children.

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