Telemedicine in West-bengal initiated with the project implemented by Webel ECS Ltd. Kolkata for Dept. of IT, Govt. of West Bengal. Software was developed by computer science department of IIT, Kharagpur under the funding received from Department of IT, Ministry of Communication and Information Technologies. Project implementation and usage of facilities by Dept. of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of West Bengal.
Department of Information Technology Sanctioned Rs. 150 Lakh Project Grant in Year 1998-1999. School of Tropical Medicine, Kolkata was connected to Habra State General Hospital, 24th Pargana, North and MJN Hospital, Coochbehar. Plain old telephone system (POTS) was used initially which was subsequently upgraded to 128 Kbps ISDN lines. Later on 512 Kbps West Bengal’s State wide area Network (SWAN) was used. Project completed in year 2003.
Project 2: DIT sanctioned another grant of Rs. 147 Lakhs in year 2002. Two Medical Colleges NRS Medical College, Kolkata and Burdwan Medical College & Hospital, Burdwan were connected to • Purulia District Hospital, Purulia • Suri District Hospital, Birbhum • Baharampur District Hospital, Murshidabad • Midnapur Medical College & Hospital, Midnapur Centers were connected over 512 Kbps WB-SWAN Network. Project completed in year 2004.
Project 3: DIT Sanctioned Rs. 287 Lakhs in the year 2014. 03 Referral centers namely Calcutta Medical College, North Bengal Medical College, Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute, Kolkata were connected to Darjeeling, Raigunj & Tamluk District Hospitals and Arambag Sub. Div. Hospital, Hoogly. Arambag hospital was connected over ISDN whereas others were connected using 512 Kbps Leased line using WB-SWAN Network. Telemedik Software developed by IIT Kharagpur was used in all the telemedicine centers as given below. • Habra SDH • Coochbehar DH • Midnapur MC & H • Behrampur DH • Purulia DH • Suri DH • NRS MC & H • Burdwan MC & H • School of Tropical Medicine, Kolkata
• National e-Governance Award, 2004 –from Govt. of India under Category “Outstanding Performance in Service Delivery” • Skoch Challenger Award, 2005 • Manthan –American India Foundation • Award, 2006 under “e-Health”Category
The role of Telemedicine in the state of Tripura is journey towards e-governance was marked as potentially important way back in 2005 when the Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India sponsored a pilot Telemedicine project for development and implementation in Tripura Government Hospitals. Proposed to be developed and run using the Leased Line communication network, WEBEL Electronic Communication Systems Ltd (Webel ECS Ltd.), a wholly owned subsidiary of West Bengal Electronics Industry Development Corporation Ltd., a Govt. of W.B. Undertaking, in collaboration with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, for development of technology, worked on the project.Reference: http://www.health.tripura.gov.in/tele_medicine
CNCI is presently Regional Cancer Centre (Under Ministry of Health & F.W., Govt. of India. Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute today provides diagnostic and tertiary treatment facilities to cancer patients of West Bengal and Eastern region of the country. The Institute is well equipped to handle the large number of patients who regularly attend the OPD. However it has been observed that delayed referrals, irregular follow up and inability to reach the Institute in time are some of the reasons for which treatment results are often disappointing. Recognizing the importance of Telemedicine in providing services to cancer patients, CNCI is presently actively participating in the West Bengal Telemedicine Project. This is expected to benefit cancer patients, particularly those from remote areas and also allow CNCI to be connected to the other Regional Cancer Centers (RCC) to form a national cancer network. Webel ECS Ltd, the implementing agent for the West Bengal Telemedicine Project is presently providing logistic & manpower support to CNCI with regard to developing the telemedicine facility in CNCI.Reference : https://cnci.org.in/hospital/telemedicine.html
Midnapore Medical College is regularly connected to NRC center under NMCN SGPGIMS, Lucknow for telemedicine activities.Reference: http://midnaporemmc.ac.in/telemedicine.html
Telemedicine facility at Mission Hospital Durgapur is connected to Four mission hospital namely Asansol Clinic, Dhanbad Clinic, Siliguri Clinic and Gangtok Clinic.Reference: http://themissionhospital.com/telemedicine
SPREAD was initiated in July 2006 in the memory of Smt. Shanti Sudha Ghoshal (10th October 1926-12th December 2006), mother of Dr. Uday Chand Ghoshal. This is a charitable activity primarily towards welfare of patients through education. However, the site may also be of use to medical students, doctors and other health care professionals. Online Tele-conversation facility is available for all patients who wish to get consultation from expert doctors. Online form is available to book an appointment followed by Skype for web-conferencing. Patient should have to visit doctor Physically with-in week for cross examination. Mostly Patients from West Bengal and Bangladesh take tele-conversation.Reference: http://spreadhealth.in/tele_appoint.php