Launches telemedicine in five centres
Plan to expand the telemedicine network in the next couple of years
The system linked up with different hospitals
VIJAYAWADA: Manipal Super Specialty Hospital at Tadepalli near here launched telemedicine centres in five hospitals in smaller towns of Krishna and West Godavari districts on Monday.
Manipal Health Systems vice-president (operations) T. Ramoji inaugurated a telemedicine network linking the super specialty hospital here to smaller hospitals in Gudivada, Nuzvid, Vuyyuru, Challapalli of Krishna district and Jangareddigudem of West Godavari district.
Mr. Ramoji said after making a humble beginning with five centres, the hospital planned to expand the network to 25 centres by the end of 2009, and to 50 centres by the middle of 2010. It was possible to extend super specialty advice to those living in interior areas with the help of telemedicine. While there were 620 million living in rural India, medical specialties were available to only those living in urban areas, he pointed out.
Only 9 per cent of the one billion living in the country were covered under various health schemes.
Healthcare providers were, therefore, looking at alternative ways of providing healthcare solutions.
Telemedicine was one of the forms that could provide super specialty healthcare consultations to even those living in interior areas at a relatively low cost.
Mr. Ramoji said that the Manipal Hospital, Vijayawada, had been expanding its portfolio of operations and progressively emerging as an important player in providing telemedicine based-health care solutions in the State.
The telemedicine system was linked up with Annapurna Multi-Specialty Hospital, Gudivada, Giffard Memorial Hospital, Nuzvid, Bhavani Nursing Home, Vuyyuru, Padmavathi Hospital, Challapalli and Sri Suseela Clinic, Jangareddigudem, to begin with.
Nuzvid MLA Meka Venkata Pratapa Appa Rao, who participated in the launch of the network from Nuzvid, said that the people of the town were feeling as if Manipal Hospital had taken the initiative to provide super specialty facility to the people of the small town. Consultant interventional cardiologist V.K.G. Rajasekar, regional medical director R.V. Prabhakara Rao and pathology head Anupama participated.