Only 25 percent of India’s specialist physicians reside in semi-urban areas, and a mere three percent live in rural areas. As a result, rural areas, with a population approaching 700 million, continue to be deprived of proper healthcare facilities. Telemedicine is a potentially miraculous method that promises improvements to healthcare delivery systems, bettering quality and access. A major goal of telemedicine is to eliminate unnecessary travelling. Acquisition, storage, display, processing and transfer of images represent the basis of telemedicine. Patient’s records can be sent via text, voice, images or even video and medical advice offered from a remote location on Internet or off-line as digital content. The cover story of this issue focuses on video-conferencing solutions for telemedicine. The story includes an overview of the latest technology and its market presence.
The Special Focus section of this issue features Computed Tomography (CT), which forms one of the most established segments in the overall imaging market. It is not only one of the key drivers, but it also accounts for a major chunk of the imaging market. CT Scanners provide probably the widest range of diagnostic capabilities amongst all imaging modalities currently available.
Last month we organised the first eHealth World Forum, held in conjunction with the eWorld Forum 2011, in New Delhi. The event drew participants and visitors from across the country and worldwide. A plethora of activities ranging from keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops and technology showcase made for a great rendezvous. eHealth World Forum also recognised some of the best projects, initiatives and practitioners of healthcare through the eHealth World 2011 Awards. And finally the best of the best healthcare technologies were showcased at the eHealth World Expo.
For those who couldn’t join us in this technological revelry, we bring an exclusive and exhaustive report of what came out of this event and how the practitioners and industry experts are charting the path of future development of eHealth in India. Look into this issue for a detailed report of eHealth World Forum.