Telemedicine

Medical treatment at the doorstep for poor Gujarat tribals

Telemedicine is becoming boon for tribal people who have to travel hundreds kilometers to get proper medical treatment. Five super speciality hospitals in big cities and towns; two in Ahmedabad, and one each in Nadiad, Vadodara and Surat have been linked with small hospitals in remote areas through the telemedicine network. Sarva Swastha Abhiyan (SSA), an NGO is dedicatedly working in providing quality healthcare to inaccessible areas. Till now SSA has opened 10 centres in the five predominantly tribal areas of Idar, Prantij, Bardoli, Hansot and Mundra, which would be connected to the super speciality hospitals through five peripheral hospitals. Till date, SSA has opened 100 medical consultations in the five areas. Medical services are being provided in areas like cardiology, neurology, radiology, orthopaedics, pathology and gastroentrology. Soon, two more super speciality hospitals in Ahmedabad and five hospitals in Jodhpur, Bhavnagar, Nadiad, Kheralu and Bharuch are expected to join the programme. The system enables a physician or specialist at one site to diagnose patients, give intra-operative assistance and provide therapy or consult with another physician or paramedical personnel at a remote site. This is done with the help of customised medical software integrated with computer hardware and medical diagnostic instruments at each location. The system facilitates the transfer of real-time images to help communication between a patient and a healthcare professional.

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