In Odisha, Telemedicine activities were initiated in the year 2001 with assistance from DIT, Gol and Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow. Followed by this, in the same year ISRO/Department of space offered to establish a Telemedicine Network in the state of Odisha. The State Government accepted this offer and provided necessary infrastructural and manpower support. Phase I ofthe Odisha Telemedicine Network was established in 2003 that connected all the three Govt. Medical colleges of Odisha to Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS), Lucknow through Satellite-based VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) connectivity. The hardware and software were provided by ISRO along with free bandwidth. Recently, with continued support from ISRO, the network has expanded further to include district Headquarters. Hospitals of Koraput, Bhawanipatna, Baripada, Rayagada, Sundergarh, and Capital Hospital, Bhubaneswar as phase II implementation of Odisha Telemedicine Network. This will enable extension of specialty and super specialty medical care to these districts from SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack. In due course all of the district hospitals will be provided the telemedicine facility.
Reference: Odisha Telemedicine Network Overview
Establishment of the Odisha telemedicine network connecting district headquarter hospitals to three government medical colleges, which are in turn connected to super-speciality centres in different parts of India, provides access to specialty and super-specialty health care for people living in remote rural or semi-urban locations, who may be too poor to travel to a specialised health care centre. Specific benefits are:• 2,541 patients suffering from major illnesses received tele-consultation and tele-follow-up services from SGPGIMS, Lucknow and AIIMS, New Delhi.
The state government has decided to connect SCB Medical College and Hospital's central intensive care unit (ICU) with other district headquarters hospitals under the Odisha Telemedicine Network. As part of the proposal to improve medical services in remote areas, the government will shortly set up e-ICU telecare services by connecting functional ICUs at 10 district hospitals in the state. Doctors of the SCB Medical College and Hospital will train nurses and other paramedics working in the ICUs at various parts of the state as part of the initiative. The training programme will help save lives through timely treatment and advice in emergency situations.
The network would connect district headquarters hospitals in Balasore, Baripada, Kalahandi, Puri, Balangir, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur and Capital Hospital (Bhubaneswar). The programme will help train the paramedics and also benefit critically-ill patients. Doctors at these hospitals will be able to use the services to seek a second opinion on existing diseases or emergency situations from the experts at the SCB. The doctors at the district hospitals will be able to seek suggestion on the condition of patient through teleconference using portable equipment mounted on trolleys. Two new telemedicine centres would shortly come up at Acharya Harihar Regional Cancer Centre (AHRCC) and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Post Graduate Institute for Paediatrics (Sishu Bhavan) in Cuttack. These centres will benefit thousands of patients as they can now seek medical advice and have necessary follow-up from the doctors in Cuttack from their respective district headquarters hospitals. This new initiative would help in cancer treatment at the district hospitals. The doctors can monitor the condition of patients through teleconferencing. Telemedicine uses telecommunication tools to provide medical information and service by an expert from a distance. It involves transfer of medical data, pictures, images, video for use in diagnosis, treatment and medical education. At present, there are 34 functional telemedicine centres, including three government medical colleges and hospitals - SCB, VSS Medical College in Burla, MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur. That apart, Health and Family Welfare Institute in Bhubaneswar and 30 district-level centres form the network. The existing telemedicine complex at the SCB Medical College and Hospital will shortly be upgraded into a Telemedicine Resource Centre to provide round-the-clock training and education to doctors, paramedics, technicians and health workers across peripheral health institutions.
Reference Telegraph India | May 12, 2016
CUTTACK: Sishu Bhawan, state's premier pediatric hospital, will soon launch telemedicine facility that will give a major boost to healthcare facilities in rural areas. The telemedicine centre has come up at a cost of Rs 30 lakh and hospital authorities have also started its trial run.
Soon it will be innaugurated at Sishu Bhawan
Reference Time of India : Cuttack News published in reference of Prof. B. N. Mohanty, Nodal Officer, State Telemedicine Center, Odhisha
DOI: 10.1109/HEALTH.2004.1324499 · Source: IEEE Xplore Conference: Enterprise Networking and Computing in Healthcare Industry, 2004. HEALTHCOM 2004.