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Philips Organises Conference on Sleep Apnoea

Philips Respironics recently organised a conference called “wake up to sleep”. The conference was based on the current scenario and future of sleep disorders in India.

17 key opinion leaders in the field of sleep medicine were present to discuss and brainstorm on various issues related to sleep disorders. Some of the prominent names are as below:

  • Dr JC Suri: HOD Pulmunary critical care and sleep medicine, Vardhaman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung hospital, New Delhi. Also President of Indian Sleep Disorder Association.
  • Dr Sujit Rajan, Sr Consultant, pulmonary Medicine, Bombay Hospital
  • Dr. Prashant Chhajed: Fortis and Saifee Hospital, Mumbai.
  • The topics that were discussed were:
  • Limited data available on prence of sleep disorders in India. Hence more studies and research required in the field.
  • Lack of awareness among general physicians and other specialists is an issue that needs to be addressed.
  • Economic event of sleep apnoea was discussed, citing some examples of disasters linked to sleep disorder.
  • Healthcare cost containment related to early diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnoea.
  • Long term (hypertension, type 2 diabetes, stoke, cardiac arrhythmias) and short term effects (excessive daytime sleepiness, loss of memory, lack of concentration etc.) of sleep apnoea.
  • Local service infrastructure to be provided by manufacturers of sleep diagnostics and sleep therapy equipments.
  • Need to look into import of quality products that are US FDA approved and CE marked. 

Eight New AIIMS-like Institutions to be Constructed 

In order to expedite the construction of eight new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)-like institutes in the country, Union health minister Sri Ghulam Nabi Azad announced incentives of up to Rs 10 crore for early completion of these projects. Speaking at the 37th convocation of AIIMS on Monday, Azad admitted that the institute was not able to concentrate on research, the main objective for which it was set-up, because of heavy patient load, especially from outside the capital.

With eight AIIMS-like institutions across India in the pipeline, the minister is confident that it will help in reducing the patient load at the institute. The ministry is also upgrading 19 medical colleges which will have super-speciality facilities.

Addressing a large gathering of students, professor and other AIIMS staff, President Pratibha Patil asked young doctors to devote a few year of their professional life to work for the rural sector and encouraged them to take up rural postings.

Narayana Nethralaya Pilots Breakthrough Telemedicine on iPhone

Narayana Nethralaya Postgraduate Institute of Ophthalmology, Bangalore which has been involved in pediatric community eye outreach programs for over 25 years has helped evolve a unique tele-medicine software which allows screening of rural and semi-urban infants for a potentially blinding condition called Retinopathy of Prematurity along with other common conditions including ocular cancers.

The institute has helped provide the access of this software on the iPhone. The new pilot will run for 36 months at which time we expect TeleROP to be deployed on a much broader


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