Telemedicine has gained prominence as a channel to extend access to healthcare to every individual a reality in India. The Telemedicine Society of India (TSI) is celebrating 10 years and organising its 7th International Telemedicine Congress, featuring healthcare leaders from all over the world in the field of tele-health & m-Health to discuss and deliberate on the roadmap for the way forward. The three-day conference-cum exhibition will be held from November 11-13, 2011 in Mumbai, Maharashtra

The 7th annual Congress is a mega international event, with the theme Tele-health 2.0 – Taking beyond the Pilot Phase and Leveraging Technology for Chronic Diseases Management this year. This International Congress is being supported by national telemedicine associations of over 32 countries including the American Telemedicine Association, ISFTEH, Care Continuum Alliance, and Disease Management Association of India among many others. The Congress is expecting over 600 delegates from over 30 countries.

The three day congress will have speakers from USA, Europe, Middle East and India, and will include over 600 practitioners, providers, payers, patient groups and policy makers. The whole idea behind this international congress is to bring people with common interests on the same platform, showcase commercially deployable tele-health solutions and come out with actionable inputs for the policy makers, industry and practitioners.

Tele-health Report 2011

As the telemedicine community gropes for information on suppliers and technology details, TSI has taken a pro-active role to collate a comprehensive and in-depth compendium of market analysis and suppliers and vendors of key equipments the medical community.

For the first time we have compiled the Tele-health Report 2011 that will serve as a reference point for activities related to m-Health and eHealth in India. The first report will be released post the Telemedicon11 and will be launched at this Congress.

However, to ensure latest information is disseminated, the report will be updated and released every year at the TSI Annual Congress, informs Rajendra Gupta, Chairman-Organising Committee -International Telemedicine Congress – Telemedicon11. The mission of the report is to strengthen awareness on the many benefits and possibilities of using a telemedicine platform for healthcare delivery in a vast country like India. The report will be shared with health ministers of all the 54 members of Commonwealth nations, besides health ministers of all the states in India and leading corporate across the region to add fire to the campaign.

Global voice on telemedicine

The sessions are designed to provide a glimpse for emerging trends, innovations, policy challenges and best practices from experts and decision-makers. Coming from the various parts of the world, the event will host an exciting engagement platform for discussion and dialogue to benefit the telemedicine community in India.

The conference sessions topics include leveraging mobile health technologies for management of diabetes, use technologies in rural healthcare, low cost healthcare delivery models, success stories in tele-health and ways to take the telemedicine beyond the pilot phase – interactive session with doctors, telemedicine companies and technology companies among others.

The gallery of eminent speakers includes Lord Nigel Crisp, Former CEO, NHS, Member, House of Lords, UK; Thierry ZYLBERBERG, utive Vice President, French Telecom; Dr Pratap C Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group; Dr Sudhir Gupta, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India; Steven Yeo, Vice President, HIMSS Asia and Middle East, Singapore and many more luminaries. Speakers from Malaysia, Africa, USA and Europe will elaborate on their success stories in tele-health.

Emerging issues

Today the penetration power of the hand held devices like mobile has led to a wave of technology innovation on using the telecom connectivity channels to beam health-related information. The deliberations also include sharing of strategies on how the practice of medicine needs to change with availability of smart phones and tablets as delivery devices, and a linked benefit to the pharmaceutical industry. To take a status report of the work on ground, the health secretaries roundtable will showcase the plan and progress in deployment of telemedicine in various states in India.

We also have sessions on how deployment of technology has reduced the infant mortality and maternal mortality rates in India through NRHM and few game-changing ideas contest that is being sponsored by mobile companies, to bring the best ideas in innovative healthcare delivery using mHealth.

A significant partnership this year has been of Continua Health Alliance and the global leadership team of Continua Health Alliance would be in India to conduct an inter-operability workshop, a first high level work shop on inter-operability in our country. This holds importance as in the current scenario of multiple devices landscape in telemedicine delivery channels, inter-operability standards are the key to a technology backed healthcare system.

The whole idea behind this international congress is to bring people with common interests on the same platform, showcase commercially deployable tele-health solutions and come out with actionable inputs for the policy makers, industry and practitioners

Welcome abode!

With the opportunity to explore and experience the various technologies on display at the exhibition, as close to 40 exhibitors will be participating in this congress, there is a lot to learn. Some of the biggest healthcare companies from across the world are participating and there will be a good presence of policy makers from across regions in this Congress. We have healthcare professionals who wish to update and meet with people and companies who have deployed technology in healthcare delivery. We have doctors who are interested to know how their practice will get impacted by use of technology. There will be presence of mobile / telecom companies who are betting big on m-Health to empower the patient and monetize 3G / Wimax, says Rajendra Gupta. Therefore, there are many benefits to take-away from Telemedicon 2011. Be there to stay updated on the latest in telemedicine world.

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