A satellite medical centre was launched by Sankari Hospital, Vellore, in association with Space Hospitals, Chennai, on its premises. Vellore MLA C. Gnanasekharan inaugurated the centre in the presence of a large number of doctors including representatives of the Indian Medical Association. The objective of the centre is to provide telemedicine facilities to people in the rural areas at affordable costs. Visitors at the Sankari Hospital can get the benefit of expert opinions of the best medical specialists in Space Hospitals or other hospitals connected to its network through advanced communication technologies including Satellite Internet and videoconferencing facility. E. Padmanabhan of Space Hospitals, who demonstrated the functioning of the telemedicine equipment, said Space Hospitals had, so far, tied up with 46 hospitals in the country under its telemedicine project.