There is good news in the offing for people of Assam as they will be able to avail better healthcare facilities nowonwards in terms of quality and cost-efficiency.
In a bid to strengthen existing healthcare delivery process, the Government of Assam has decided to link Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) with cancer hospitals of the Tatas in Mumbai and Kolkata.
A platform called ‘Digital Nerve Centre (DiNC) was recently launched in presence of Tata Trusts Chairman Ratan Tata and Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to cater people with telemedicine facility.
The digital platform will help doctors of the GMCH to seek advice from their counterparts in Tata Memorial Centre in Mumbai and Tata Medical Centre, Kolkata.
“With launching of this platform, our doctors will be able to discuss cases of patients with those from the Tata hospitals in Mumbai and Kolkata. In many cases, patients will no longer require to travel outside Assam,” Sarma said.
He further stated the State Government and Tata Trusts have proposed to develop 19 cancer care centres across the State and those centres would also be connected to this platform.
“Patients’ record keeping and consultation will be a seamless affair with this technology. It is developed by the TCS and the Tata Trusts has given it to us free of cost. Assam is the first greenfield project for DiNC,” Sarma said.
While launching the project the Minister said the platform has the potential to connect all the 143 cancer care hospitals under National Cancer Grid in future.