Telemedicine is an emerging field in healthcare arising out of the synergistic convergence of Information Technology with Medical Science having enormous potential in meeting the challenges of healthcare delivery to rural and remote areas besides several other applications in education, training and management in health sector. It may be as simple as two health professionals discussing medical problems of a patient and seeking advice over a simple telephone to as complex as transmission ofelectronic medical records of clinical information, diagnostic tests such as E.C.G., radiological images etc. and carrying out real time interactive medical video conference with the help of IT based hardware and software, video-conference using broadband telecommunicationmedia provided by satellite and terrestrial network. Telemedicine in India is at a nascent stage and AIIMS has taken a lead to take it to higher glory.
- Tele-health care: It is the use of information and communication technology for prevention, promotion and to provide health care facilities across distance. It can be divided in the following activities
- Tele-education: Tele-Education should be understood as the development of the process of distance education (regulated or unregulated), based on the use of information and telecommunication technologies, that make interactive, flexible and accessible learning possible for any potential recipient.
There are several definitions of telemedicine. According to World Health Organisation, telemedicine is defined as, “The delivery of healthcare services, where distance is a critical factor, by all healthcare professionals using information and communication technologies for the exchange of valid information for diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease and injuries, research and evaluation, and for continuing education of healthcare providers, all in the interests of advancing the health of individuals and their communities”.
At present the Facility has the following Programs :
- PAN – African e-network with 54 countries of the African Union.
- SAARC Telemedicine Project with 6 SAARC countries.
- In-house Telemedicine link with Rural Hospital at Ballabhgarh in Haryana.
- Link with 54 centres in India and also abroad.
AIIMS would entertain requests from any Govt hospital for Super Speciality consultation subject to availability of concerned faculty. Prior scheduling is required.
3rd Floor, Old Nurses Hostel Building,
Near SBI Branch, AIIMS,
New Delhi - 110029
Phone no. 09868397024, 91 – 011- 26546616.
Fax no. 91-011- 26588641, 26588663.
Prof. Balram Airan, Dean(Academic)- Chairman, Telemedicine Committee
Dr. Subodh Kumar, Addtional Professor of Surgery, JPNATC- Member Secretary, Telemedicine Committee
Dr. Deepak Agrawal, Addtional Professor of Neurosurgery, JPNATC- Member, Telemedicine Committee