Bhubaneswar, September 1 (LocalWire) Odisha government has decided to extend telemedicine healthcare facilities to district headquarters hospitals in a bid to improve the government-run health service system, officials said Sunday.
A policy decision in this regard will be announced shortly to improve the healthcare in rural areas by reducing both direct cost and out of pocket expenses.
Currently the S.C.B Medical College and Hospital at Cuttack, State’s premiere government-run healthcare institute is covered under the telemedicine healthcare network.
Since its introduction at the medical college hospital in 2017, people have been immensely benefited with an estimated Rs 4 crore being saved from the people’s purse.
The centre at the medical college at Cuttack is getting the patients tested and is rendering on the spot diagnosis reports besides providing consultation with specialist doctors through teleconferencing.
The facility will now be extended to all the district headquarters hospitals.
The telemedicine facility presently available at Cuttack will be the nodal centre which will have direct connections with other centres specialized medical consultation through teleconferencing, the health department officials said.
The telemedicine healthcare facility will be an out and out Information Communication Technology (ICT)-based sustainable health service delivery system.
For hassle-free functioning of this system, round-the-clock internet connectivity has to be ensured.
The State health department has already held discussion with the State-run BSNL mobile service provider in this regard.