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Orissa govt. to connect the district headquarters hospitals with premier government medical colleges through telemedicine network

Following report is from the Telegraph:

Bhubaneswar, Nov. 7: All district headquarters hospitals will be connected with the three premier government-run medical colleges in the state through telemedicine network.

“The work has already begun and the network will be functional by December,” said chief nodal officer of the Orissa telemedicine network B.N. Mohanty, who is also head of the department of experimental surgery of SCB Medical College, Cuttack.

Telemedicine is an emerging field that combines advances in computer and communication technologies with the practice of clinical medicine.

Through this medium, diagnosis and treatment of diseases can be conducted with the patients and doctors sitting at two ends.

District hospitals of Jajpur, Puri, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Dhenkanal and Keonjhar will be connected to the SCB Medical College. District hospitals of Cuttack, Rayagada, Koraput, Bhawanipatna, Sundergarh, Baripada and Capital Hospital, Bhubaneswar have already been connected to SCB.

The SCB Medical College has, in turn, been connected to the Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Science (SGPGIMS), Lucknow.

Nayagarh, Gajapti, Boudha, Kandhamal, Nuapada, Malkangiri and Nabarangpur will be connected to MKCG Medical Collage and Hospital at Berhampur.

 Burla-based VSS Medical College will be connected to hospitals in Rourkela, Balangir, Angul, Jharsuguda, Baragarh and Deogarh. 

Talking to reporters here today, Mohanty said a state-level telemedicine resources centre would come up soon at Cuttack.

With the help of the state government, the SCB Medical College is going to organise the three-day 6th International Conference of Telemedicine Society of India (TSI) from November 14. Distance education in health science is the theme of the conference.

Representatives from ISRO, Space Application Centre, ministry of health, department of IT, Union government, AIIMS¸ IIT, Kharagpur, C-DAC-Pune, SGPGIMS, Lucknow and Central Law University, Cuttack would attend the conference. 

“Around 2,567 critical patients had already been cured through telemedicine. Patients, suffering mainly from thyroid cancers, arthritis and rheumatism, are opting for telemedicine consultation. With these facilities, we have been able to be in touch with the SGPIMS, Lucknow,” Mohanty said. 

The state government has also asked all additional district medical officers of all district headquarter hospitals to attend the meeting.

“We have invited students of medical and engineering colleges of the state to attend the meeting. They’ll get an opportunity to listen to nationally and internationally reputed telemedicine experts,” said Mohanty.

November 8, 2010 at 8:11 pm 1 comment

KBK needs a medical college: Plan panel member

Following report is from expressbuzz.com:

KORAPUT: “Considering the precarious health scenario of the district, a multi-speciality medical college is required for KBK region,” said  Planning Commission member Abjijit Sen during his visit to Koraput today. Speaking at a meeting, he promised to apprise the Cabinet of the need to declare Koraput district as one of the worst affected areas by Maoists and for recruiting tribal youths in Army, Navy, Air Force and paramilitary forces.

Several villagers under the leadership of former MLA Taraprasad Bahinipati met Sen and apprised him of alleged irregularities in the execution of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) and other Centre-funded welfare programmes in the district. Sen also expressed concern at the deteriorating condition of NH-43.

He reviewed the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (RWSS), National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), MGNREGS, Revised Long Term Action Plan (RLTAP), Prime Minister Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) and Sarva Sikhya Abhiyan (SSA).

Earlier, the Planning Commission team visited Deopottangi, Padapadar and Maliput villages of Pottangi block to review development programmes. Advisor L P Sankar and Deputy Advisor Indu Patnaik are  members of the team.  District Collector Rajesh Pravakar Patil, DRDA project director Ruparosan Sahoo, Sub-Collector Poonam Guha accompanied the team.

October 20, 2010 at 1:43 pm Leave a comment

Masters programme for healthcare professionals launched in the Institute of Clinical Research of India (ICRI)

Following is a report by IANS taken from http://www.thaindian.com:

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) The Institute of Clinical Research of India (ICRI) Tuesday said it has launched a masters degree programme in health administration to build “appropriate skilled teams” for the industry which lacks trained healthcare professionals.The institute has started the two-year course in collaboration with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in the US.

“The Indian healthcare system lacks trained healthcare professionals and skilled teams of hospital administrators are the need of the hour. The masters programme will help to build an appropriate skilled team of hospital administrators,” ICRI chairman Shiv Ram Dugal said.

Graduates or final year graduation students in disciplines of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, biotechnology, commerce, economics and engineering can opt for the course.

April 27, 2010 at 5:44 pm Leave a comment

137 nursing schools to come up in 18 states of India

Following is a report by IANS published in http://www.thaindian.com:

March 4, 2010 at 6:08 pm 1 comment

Medical Council of India (MCI) planning a shorter medical degree for rural students

Following is a report The Times of India: Thanks to Kalahandia blog for the pointer.

A medical degree in 3-1/2 years? This could soon be a reality with the health ministry and Medical Council of India (MCI) planning a shorter medical degree for rural students who would exclusively serve the rural populace. 

The hinterland, where few doctors want to serve, could soon have a dedicated corps of medical practitioners drawn from among students raised in rural areas.

After incentives failed to lure doctors to practise in remote areas, the health ministry is finalising the novel scheme along with MCI to start 3-1/2 year degree courses in medicine and surgery in institutes set up in rural areas.

Under the scheme, the undergraduate `Bachelor of Rural Medicine and Surgery’ (BRMS) degree would be acquired in two phases and at two different levels — Community Health Facility (one-and-a-half year duration) and sub-divisional hospitals (secondary level hospitals) for a further duration of two years.

The BRMS degree would be offered by institutes in rural areas with an annual sanctioned strength of 50 students. “Selection of students would be based on merit in the 10+2 examination with physics, chemistry and biology as subjects. A student who has had his entire schooling in a rural area with a population not more than 10,000 would be eligible for selection, which would be done by professional bodies set up by the Directorate of Medical Education of the state governments,” the scheme noted.

MCI president Dr Ketan Desai told TOI that the idea was to get students from rural areas who were willing to work in rural areas as doctors from outside didn’t want to live and work in villages. Many do not even turn up for their assignment.

Many rounds of discussion on the scheme have taken place between the ministry officials and MCI representatives, the last one being on November 17 under the chairmanship of health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad. “At this meeting, many of the operational details were discussed and rough edges ironed out,” Dr Desai said.

The ministry is backing the scheme as it is finding it increasingly difficult to get adequate number of doctors to serve in rural areas to fulfil the UPA government’s commitments under National Rural Health Mission-2009.

To keep BRMS graduates in the loop, MCI is also proposing a parallel mechanism to register them by state medical councils and MCI. “Registration would be granted provisionally on an annual renewal basis and would only entitle the holders of such innovative medical qualification of 3-1/2 years to practise in a rural set-up in the same district,” it said.
Dr Desai was confident that the scheme would take final shape by March after incorporating the suggestions received during a workshop scheduled for February 4-5, 2010, where deans of all 300 medical colleges, vice-chancellors of all medical universities and directors of education of all 29 states would participate.

All this would be conveyed to a Delhi High Court Bench comprising Chief Justice A P Shah and Justice S Muralidhar on January 6 by MCI counsel Pratibha Singh. The HC is hearing a PIL filed by Dr Meenakshi Gautam complaining that the ministry and MCI were not paying enough attention to improving the rural healthcare system.

dhananjay.mahapatra@timesgroup.com

January 3, 2010 at 6:24 pm Leave a comment

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