June 2008

NEWS REVIEW – INDIA

Medsynaptic’s WebPACS installed at Solapur hospital

Medsynaptic announced recently that it has completed the installation of its Enterprise WebPACS system – Medsynapse at Ashwini Hospital in Solapur, India.

The system manages all images from MRI, CT, Cathlab, Echocardiography, Ultrasound, Endoscopy and C Arm. This is one of the first hospitals in India to connect all modalities including non radiology equipment using Medsynapse PACS to provide a seamless experience to its physicians.

Ashwini Hospital is a 300 bed multispeciality hospital and tertiary care center and one of the largest in Western India.

In addition to making all images available throughout the hospital via a web browser, the system also allows images to be manipulated using advanced tools and to be viewed remotely from outside the hospital.

“Medsynapse PACS has allowed us to view multimodality images through a Central Worklist, provided the most advanced image manipulation tools and generally increased our efficiency and ability to deliver quality medical care” said Dr S Iyer, Radiologist of Ashwini Hospital.

Uniquely, Medsynaptic has also connected the ICU/CCU central monitoring system allowing cardiologists to view the patient parameters in real time from anywhere, using a simple internet connection.

ISRO extends Telemedicine project across Karnataka 

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has extended its telemedicine project to 14 more districts in Karnataka. With the inauguration of Karnataka Telemedicine Project Operational Phase II, the entire state is now covered under the project, senior ISRO officials said recently.

In the first phase, the telemedicine project was operational in 12 districts in the state.

G Madhavan Nair, chairman, ISRO said that the benefit of the project has now reached to 300,000 people. Till now, 300 hospitals have been connected across the country through the telemedicine project. This includes 255 rural hospitals and 40 super-speciality hospitals in major cities.  Started in 2001, ISRO’s satellite based telemedicine network aims at linking rural district hospitals with super-speciality hospitals in major cities via INSAT.

While ISRO provides the software, hardware and communication equipment as well as satellite bandwidth, the speciality hospitals provide the infrastructure, manpower and maintain the system.

Using the telemedicine network, the consultation is being provided free of cost, and only when a patient needs a higher-level treatment, he/she has to visit a hospital.

States like Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Karnataka are among the states that have used telemedicine to the greatest extent.

Satyam sets-up Life Sciences CoE

Global IT giant Satyam Computer Services recently announced the setting up of its Life Sciences Centre of Excellence (CoE).

The facility was inaugurated by Satyam’s Founder and Chairman, B. Ramalinga Raju on the sidelines of RxCellence, the life science’s conclave that Satyam hosted at its state-of-the-art Satyam School of Leadership in Hyderabad.

The theme of the conference was ‘Faster, safer and smarter strategies for life sciences industry’. Thought leaders, CEOs, business leaders, consultants, analysts, scientists and senior utives from different parts of the world attended the event.

Some of the eminent dignitaries were from the advisory board comprising ex-senior utives /ex-CEOs of leading life science companies.

The Life Sciences CoE will showcase Satyam’s domain expertise and thought leadership in the industry. It will house solutions cutting across the value chain, addressing a number of industry pain points.
The CoE solutions will provide necessary frameworks with flexibility and ease of customisation enabling faster implementations and therefore a better RoI. The CoE addressed industry needs in the areas of clinical drug accountability, drug counterfeiting, cell line management systems, high throughput analytics, clinical development, bioinformatics, supply chain, CRM, key opinion leader portals etc.

US$ 350k MacArthur grant for Goan public health NGO

Sangath, a Goa-based public health institution focussing on 350 million children and youth, is one among eight organisations in six countries that has won the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.

Announcing the award recently, Chicago based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation said Sangath would use its US$ 350,000 grant to build a new centre for its clinical, training, and research work.

Foundation president Jonathan Fanton said, “These imaginative and influential small organisations have an impact altogether disproportionate to their size. They are addressing problems and injustices, finding fresh solutions, and proving themselves as leaders and innovators.”

The MacArthur Foundation is a private, independent grant making institution dedicated to building a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world.

Goa based Sangath’s mission is to carry out innovative research to promote healthcare. Sangath also directly provides services, counselling, and models of healthcare for Goa residents. Sangath is now the largest and most successful health-related NGO in Goa, with more than 80 employees providing services, conducting research, and running training programmes.

Landmark research studies include work on the link between maternal depression and child malnutrition. These findings and other research carried out by Sangath, have led to policy change at the World Health Organisation and other UN agencies concerned with maternal and mental health.

India’s first Magnetom Essenza at Aatmajyoti MRI Center

Siemens Medical Solutions will install Magnetom Essenza, a 1.5 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging system (MRI) at Aatmajyoti MRI Center, Surat also the city’s first hi-end, affordable MRI. Surat Manav Seva Sangh (popularly known as Chhayando), a charitable trust, has set-up this MRI Center in the premises of New Civil Hospital in Surat.

Magnetom Essenza is a powerful 1.5 Tesla system with technological innovations like Tim (Total imaging matrix) technology, IsoCenter Matrix Coil, etc. incorporated into it. Tim technology has revolutionised MR imaging around the world by dramatically changing the workflow as well as improving patient comfort. The advantage of IsoCenter Matrix Coil is that the user does not need to carry large, heavy spine coils any more and the patient preparation time is shortened.

Till date, MRI facility was unavailable at the New Civil Hospital, owing to which many poor patients either opted for private MRI centres paying high scan costs or often avoided MRI scanning.

Speaking to the media about the installation, Mr. Bharat Shah of Chhayando said, “Chhayando is committed to provide healthcare services to all sections of society, especially the lesser privileged. We believe that lack of funds should not be a hurdle for people to avail hi-end medical facility. Not only are we offering much lower rates for MRI scans but  the centre will also perform free scans as per the MoU with the Government of Gujarat, for those patients referred by the New Civil Hospital”.

Over 800 rural hospitals don’t have a single doctor

There was a shortage of 4,833 primary health centres (PHCs) across India and over 800 rural hospitals were functioning without a single doctor, Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss told parliament recently. “A total of 807 PHCs are working without a single doctor,” Ramadoss said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

There are a total of 22,370 primary health centres functioning across the country, and the shortfall is of 4,833 PHCs, he said. Ramadoss said there are only 15,546 female health assistants against a requirement of 22,370.

PHCs function as the first contact point between villagers and medical officers. They render curative, preventive, promotive and family welfare services to rural Indians. Giving details about the status of community health centres, the minister said there is a shortage of 2,525 CHCs across the country. He said 449 buildings are under construction and 199 buildings need to be constructed.
Ramadoss said there are only 5,117 specialised doctors working in these CHCs but the requirement is a whopping 16,180.  In both PHCs and CHCs there is a requirement of 50,685 nurses and midwifes but only 29,776 are in position.

CHCs are established and maintained by the state  governments. A CHC has at least 30 indoor beds and provides facilities for emergency obstetrics care and specialist  consultations.

Transasia Bio-Medicals Ltd, leader in the Clinical Diagnostics Segment across the Indian health  care sector, which aids in diagnosing life threatening diseases faced by the humankind such as, AIDS, Tuberculosis, Cancer and Diabetes etc. has been awarded ISO 13485 (Quality Management Systems for Medical Devices) by UL India, a certifying body to foster quality assurance and improvement.

UL India is an affiliate of Underwriters Laboratories Inc., USA., which is one of the world’s largest Conformity Assessment Service Provider.

Transasia Bio-Medicals Ltd. awarded ISO 13485

Transasia Bio-Medicals Ltd is one of the few Indian companies which has been awarded the ISO 13485. The certification has reinforced the vision of the company to provide quality medical diagnostic products & services at Affordable prices, through Cost and Quality conscious systems of Materials and Process Control.

Transasia has always recognized Quality & R&D as the prime drivers of innovation and leadership and strives to be among the top ten diagnostic players in the world. Transasia’s young and enthusiastic team of experts in software, mechanical engineering, electronics and embedded software and Bio-chemistry has built an impressive track record of successful projects. The Research and Development department, a team of 90 research and development engineers, bring out products with appropriate technology and features to meet the changing customer needs.

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