August 05, 2009

14 govt medical colleges in TN to get linked through tele-education

Special guest lectures, rare surgeries and interesting discussions that happen at the government general hospital will now be heard and seen by the government-run medical colleges across the state of Tamilnadu.

Health minister MRK Panneerselvam inaugurated the tele-education link between the 14 medical colleges. "Many medical students long to join the Madras Medical College. I am glad they will now be a part of exiting things that happen in this 175-year-old MMC. There would also be other colleges doing rare surgeries and they can share them with students and faculty here," he said.

The MMC webpage ( inaugurated by IT Secretary PWC Davidar on Saturday, will also be loaded with pod casts of interesting lectures and surgeries.

The operation theatres have been fitted with cameras to enable transmission to the medical colleges. "The scope for this phenomenal," says surgical gastroenterologist Dr SM Chandramohan, who is the nodal officer for the telemedicine and education project. "We can bring in more innovation into education with technology," he said.

Besides education, the health department is planning to offer the tele-medicine facility by linking all the headquarters hospitals. This would help doctors at MMC, Stanley, Madurai or Kilpauk offer their expertise to patients in Ooty or Krishnagiri, he adds. "Already the pilot project in Royapetah Government Hospital, which was linked to six other peripheral hospitals has been showing good results. This would be a shot in the arm," Dr Chandramohan said.

Health secretary VK Subburaj said the super specialists at city colleges would now offer their consultations or even follow up on their patients over the telemedicine link. "Sometimes people who get operated in Chennai go back to their home towns. With these links specialists here can follow-up on the patient with the help of a doctor in their own district hospital," he said.

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