Use of information and communication technologies to provide specialised health care consultation to patients in remote locations, to facilitate video-conferencing among health care experts for better treatment and care and to provide opportunities for continuing education of health care personnel.
Inadequte infrastructure in rural/district hospitals.Large number of indoor/outdoor patients requiring referral for specialised care. Low availability of Health Experts in district/remote hospitals. Dearth of adequate opportunities for training or continuing Medical Education for Doctors in Rural/Remote Health facilities.
Access to specialised healthcare services to under-served rural, semi-rural and remote areas. Access to expertise of Medical Specialists to a larger population without physical referral.Reduced visits to specially hospitals for long term follow-up care for the aged and terminally ill patients. Continuing education or training through video conferencing periodically. Reduction in avoidable visits and hospitalisation for specialised care at tertiary hospitals. Earlier discharge of patients leading to shorter length of stay in hospitals thus optimise bed occupancy level. Increase in the scope of services without creating physical infrastructure in remote hospitals.
Patient under treatment Pysician treating the patient. A remote telemedicine console having audio visual and data conferencing facilities.
As announced in the Budget during 2015-16, Taluk and district level hospitals will be linked to medical colleges through tele-medicine. With this, opportunity will be provided to the doctors of taluk and district level hospitals in providing good treatment to the patients by getting advice of the expert doctors in the medical colleges. State Government is contemplating to facilitate telemedicine facilities in two or three districts initially during this year.
By installing digital software in the high frequency x-ray machines of the taluk and district hospitals, action will be taken to get the opinion and advice of experts by way of sending the x-ray reports to the higher level hospitals through tele-radiology.
Tele facilities can also be utilised for activities associated with following facilities which are being set up.