Health Policy

e-Health for quality healthcare

Healthcare can be improved tremendously through use of eHealth services. Therefore health professionals and patients should be made aware of it and its potential benefit. This was explained by MD Tiwari, director, Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad (IIIT-A) while inaugurating the five-day summer school on ‘e health care’ here on Wednesday. He explained that the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) has set up the north zone resource centre at IIIT-A for generating contents, mentors, teachers and knowledge workers by conducting short term HRD courses for IT/IT enabled services sectors. A large number of hospitals were supported by BS Bedi, former senior director, medical electronics and telemedicine division, DIT, MCIT, New Delhi, to opt for the best available electronic equipments at the global level. He provided an overall perspective of the current and future medical electronics and telemedicine services in India. E-health makes the health system more patient-oriented. Telemedicine is particularly relevant for those who suffer from chronic diseases and those who live in areas where the facilities of healthcare are limited.

A comprehensive study done by Arun Dey, former director, CII, New Delhi, showed its relevance to ICT Industry, professionals, jobseekers and the government. His study also included most relevant countries like China, Brazil etc with whom India had many commonalities. P Sinha, CDAC Pune who has developed and set up a distributed scalable and reliable Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Store talked about different aspects of e health.

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