Report of 2nd Annual Conference of Telemedicine Society of India7-8 June 2013

The 2nd annual conference of The Telemedicine Society of India, Odisha Chapter (Oditelecon 2013) was organized by TSI,Odisha Chapter jointly with Telemedicine Center, SCB Medical College, Cuttack on 7th & 8th June 2013 at Indian Medical Association (IMA) house,Ranihat,Cuttack.113 delegates attended the conference.

The conference was inaugurated on 7th evening by principal secretary, health & family welfare department,Govt. of Odisha Sri P.K.Mohapatra,IAS.Dr.N.K.Dhamija, Deputy Commissioner Training & Nodal Officer,Telemedicine, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India,New Delhi attended the function as Guest of Honor and subsequently after inauguration of the conference delivered a guest lecture on “Bringing all medical colleges of India under one umbrella through National Medical College Network-Ministry of Health & FW, Govt. of India Initiatives”.

Teaching faculty from Govt. and private medical colleges of Odisha interacted with Dr.Dhamija for clarification on various operational issues of the proposed network. Health secretary requested Dr.Dhamija to kindly move the Ministry of Health & FW, Govt. of India for including all the three Govt. medical colleges of Odisha in the Network during the first phase.

He also made an appeal to kindly consider if the State-Level Telemedicine Resource Center at Cuttack can be upgraded to a Regional Resource Center for the eastern zone of India and funds that would be required as state Govt.’s share in this regard would be provided by the Odisha Govt. Dr.Dhamija indicated that medical colleges for inclusion in the 1st phase will be decided on the basis of feedback questionnaire analysis outcome.

However as regards the up-gradation of the State-Level Telemedicine Resource Center to Regional Resource Center, he has full support for it and would take up the issue with the concerned authorities in the Ministry.

Dr.Dhamija appreciated the ongoing regular telemedicine activities in Odisha. He indicated that Odisha happens to be the only state in India where all the Dist.Hqrs. hospitals are connected to Govt. medical colleges and are using the facility every day. However he pointed out that the utilization by the districts is poor and needs state Govt.’s intervention for enhancement. The day-long scientific activity on 8th June consisted of guest lectures delivered by Dr.S.K.Mishra & Dr.Anjali Mishra from SGPGIMS,Lucknow; Dr.A.K.Mahapatra from AIIMS, Bhubaneswar and Dr.B.S.Ratta from Ruby Hall Clinic, Pune. Dr.S N Mohanty from OTTET talked on “taking telemedicine to rural Odisha on a PPP mode”.

Dr.Anusaya Das of Satya Sai Telemedicine Center, Bhubaneswar indicated that their center has been offering services in cardiology and neurology for last several years. In the afternoon a panel discussion was organized on “Expanding Horizons of Telemedicine in Odisha”. Telemedicine experts from various Govt. and private health institutions using telemedicine technology participated in the discussion and offered their views.

Dr.Mishra requested CDAC to take necessary steps at their end for providing access from all Dist.Hqrs. hospitals of Odisha directly to SGPGIMS,Lucknow for benefit the people of this state. There were 21 speakers in the conference from 12 different organizations. Telemedicine nodal officers and telemedicine technical personnel from all Govt.medical colleges & district Hqrs. hospitals attended the conference. Govt. permission was granted to all of them with provision of TA for attending the conference.

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