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Task force on tele-medicine submits report

The National Task Force for Tele-medicine setup by the government of India has submitted its recommendation report and is expecting a policy formation in the next 3-4 months, a senior government official told Business Standard.

The task force was set up by the government in 2005 to study the role of IT in health services and initiatives in tele-medicine. The report submitted is based on the study of the various healthcare projects in different parts of the country initiated by the state governments.

"The report contains guidelines to form a national telemedicine policy and covers three main areas – developing inter-operability standards, standarised electronic medical records and a national telemedicine grid," the official said.

Noting that the report has already had various rounds of deliberations, he said, "It will take another 3 months of further deliberations at the end of which the national telemedicine policy can be framed."

Also, the government will soon roll out Regional Cancer Centres (RCC) connection project, on the lines of the Kerala health programme, where one specialty hospital is connected to other peripheral hospitals. "There are 25 RCCs in the country and these will all be connected to peripheral hospitals in the vicinity," the official said.

Another scheme under consideration is a medical college network project. "We have short listed three specialty medical colleges – Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, All India Institute of Medical Science and Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow.

These institutes will network them with other medical colleges so as to improve the standard of education and enhance the students' learning experience," he said.



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