Tele-health care for the Kailash Mansarovar Pilgrims (Telemedicine in extremes of environment) – In August 2000, an experiment was carried out to test the technical feasibility of online transmission of patient health data such as ECG from high altitude. The project is sponsored by Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam and SGPGIMS. In 14 -22 August2000, SGPGIMS telemedicine team comprising of one doctor and one telemedicine engineer joined the12th batch of pilgrims who were visiting Kailash Mansarovar located in the Himalayan mountains (5029 meter from sea level at Lepulekh Pass) in the Chinese territory to perform religious rituals. At this height some pilgrims may develop high altitude sickness (loss of appetite, fatigue headache, nausea, dizziness, palpitations, sleeplessness, shortness of breath) and heart problems for which an immediate ECG is required. The team trekked along with the pilgrims up to Nabhidhang, the last camp on the Indian border. On the way they stopped at the camps located at many camps located at various altitudes. From all these camps during the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, ECG was transmitted successfully to SGPGIMS for teleconsultation through INMARSAT satellite.
Reference: SGPGI Telemedicine Decade Book Pg. No. 14
In 2006 by the effort of Uttarakhand CM ISRO decided to Install a V - SET in Dr Susheela Tiwari Govt. Hospital, allied hospital of Govt. Medical college, Haldwani. With ISRO V SET Telemedicine Facility was started in Govt. Medical College, Haldwani in 2007. Through this V SET facility we are connected with various Govt. Medical Colleges, Hospitals & many Health Institutions all over the country AIIMS, SGPGI Lucknow, PGI Chandigarh etc. Initially It was stared with Patient's consultations from Higher centers mostly from AIIMS New Delhi, PGI Chandigarh etc. PGI Chandigarh has made a very good process for giving patient's consultation through Telemedicine. On call Doctors of various departments at PGI attends all telemedicine calls as their Hospital calls and their response time for consultation is very good. Medical College Haldwani developed a Telemedicine team with Computer literate staff to facilitate our Doctors in telemedicine job, filling up request form and by coordinating with the Higher centers. Since 2012 SGPGI Lucknow and AIIMS New Delhi helped us by including our college in their Monthly schedules. ISRO has now started organizing CME's on various topics and has improved their Technical team as well.Source: http://18.104.22.168/nmcn/aiimsd/pdf/workshops/13-14mar15/14mar15/Dr.C.S_Gurnani.pdf