KEM Hospitals to offer medical advice via satellite

The King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital run by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will soon be able to conduct diagnostic tests and offer medical advice via satellite, through a telemedicine project it is finalising along with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The hub of the project is the KEM Hospital in Parel, which will be connected via Indian National Satellite (INSAT) to patients at the civic-run V N Desai Hospital in Santacruz and to remote hospitals in the rest of Maharashtra. The satellite bandwidth as well as software, hardware and communication equipment at both ends of the network are provided by the Department of Space through ISRO. Telemedicine, an application of space technology for boosting medical services and infrastructure, was launched in India in 2001, through a Department of Space-sponsored programme. Through the INSAT System, hospitals or health facilities in remote areas are linked with the much better-equipped and more experienced super-speciality hospitals in major cities. The Memorandum of Understanding with ISRO is in an advanced stage of finalisation.


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