Odisha: New tele-medicine policy underway to boost rural patient care


With the objective to strengthen rural healthcare delivery system, the Odisha Government is all set to introduce a new tele-medicine policy.


As per the plan, the Odisha Tele-medicine Network will be expanded to district headquarters hospitals (DHHs) and wellness centres functioning under Medical Colleges and Hospitals.

The initiative will enable people in remotest part of the State to get connected with expert doctors sitting in distant hospitals in cities.

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“The policy will help utilise tele-medicine technology for benefit of patients, medical students, paramedical workers and health professionals. Moreover, patients from remote corners of the state can avail consultation and health services from specialist doctors,” Health Secretary Dr Pramod Meherda was quoted as saying by Indian Express.

The plan is also afoot to start e-classroom facility with the help of telemedicine technology.

The plan is in final stage as the Health and Family Welfare department has been directed to take stock of the situation on the requirement of human resources.

BSNL authorities have been asked to provide fibre optic connection for round-the-clock internet services.

The nodal centre of tele-medicine network is functioning at SCB Medical College and Hospital at Cuttack.

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