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SKIMS connected to AIIMS for telemedicine-based cancer consultation

Srinagar, September 27, 2007:

Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Soura Srinagar would be connected to Dr B R Ambedkar Institute Rotary Cancer Hospital of the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for telemedicine-based cancer consultation and follow-up programme.

"This telemedicine-node will be a part of the overall telemedicine initiatives at AIIMS to connect and offer consultations to around 100 networked hospitals and medical institutions all over India. The facility will provide emergency on call consultation for the networked institutions, regular scheduled telemedicine consultation and tele-education and continuing medical education lectures, teaching and training programmes," said Dr Manoj K Singh, officer in charge of the telemedicine facility.

This will benefit the doctors working in remote areas as they would be able to get help in diagnosis and treatment plan from experts.

The tie-up would also help develop e-learning, online learning resource centre for oncology and radiotherapy.

The facility will run a telemedicine consultation clinic and develop a knowledge management system wherein all the relevant information consultation videos, archive of cancer treatment information, images, multimedia information and database of patients will be stored, retrieved and disseminated.

This facility will also develop an e-learning, online learning resource centre for the oncology, radiotherapy and other specialty departments. Continuing medical education programmes will be scheduled and offered to the doctors of remote hospital and institutes on this network.

"On offer will be tele-consultations from the AIIMS faculty and consultants for the cancer patients from any part of the country, doctors from remote areas will get help in diagnosis and treatment plan from experts, unnecessary travel by the patients can be avoided, patients will incurs less cost, waiting time can be shortened, early detection and intervention, patient follow-up from remote places, continuing medical education and training of remote health workers and rural area doctors," Dr Singh added.

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