December 2011

International Telemedicine Congress 2011

The report

Telemedicine Society of India (TSI) has organised International Telemedicine Congress – Telemedicon11 at Hotel Westin, Mumbai, November 11-13, 2011. On November 13, the launch of the Continua Health Alliance is scheduled.

Rajendra Pratap Gupta, Chairman, TSI, talked about the theme of the congress to take telemedicine beyond the pilot phase and to leverage technology for healthcare. The event was graced by a lot of distinguished speakers including: Aneesh Chopra, CTO, and assistant to the President, USA; Sachin Pilot, Minster of State for IT, Government of India; Dr Pratap Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals group; Shankar Aggarwal, additional secretary, DIT, Government of India; Jayanth Banthia, additional chief secretary, Public Health, Government of Maharashtra.

Dr K Ganapathy, President, TSI, stressed about the progress that TSI has made in the field of telemedicine in the last couple of years. In his special keynote Lord Nigel Crisp, former CEO, NHS, and Member house of Lords, UK, spoke about the global challenges for telemedicine and the progress that telemedicine has made till date.

Shankar Aggarwal, additional secretary, DIT, Govt. of India, spoke about the economic/political growth in India and the role that government is playing in promoting/implementing the Telemedicine. Vishal Gupta, VP-CISCO, informed about the key issues faced by the telemedicine growth in India and the role that CISCO is playing in promoting/implementing it.

Sachin Pilot focused on the approach to collaborate and make telemedicine a success in India. He emphasised about the ways in which technology can play an important part in helping us achieve our goals. He also stressed upon the fact that government is open to new ideas and actively involved in making new policies for better IT connectivity for applications such as Telehealth.

Dr K Ganpathy, President, TSI, discussed the journey of Telehealth in India since 1996 and the accomplishments that he has achieved in his career. He also discussed the associations with other countries like Mauritius, Uganda etc., and also the Pan Africa network.

Jayanth Banthia spoke about the progress of telemedicine in the state and the steps that state government is taking to promote telemedicine.

Aneesh Chopra, US Chief technology officer, was excited about potential of telemedicine not only in India but also across globe. He spoke about the US-India partnership in making telemedicine a global success.

Rajendra Pratap Gupta, a leading healthcare expert and chairman Telemedicon11, said that TSI intended to work relentlessly for making Telemedicine a success in the country. Gupta further added that DMAI “ Disease Management Association of India & Continua Health Alliance – will co-host and incubate ideas like NCDs and health education and awareness in telemedicine to address rural health. Gupta also said that three major global leaders were committed to fund the telemedicine project, which will reduce costs in the developing world.

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