February 11, 2010

Soon, get medical consultancy with SGPGI through video-conference

Long queues at the OPD of Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) may soon be a thing of the past with the integration of telemedicine and Hospital Information System (HIS) that will allow patients to get medical consultancy without being physically present at the OPD.

School of Telemedicine and Biomedical Informatics, SGPGI, is all set to integrate the tele-consultancy system with an updated HIS. The facility will enable patients to fix up an appointment with the doctor and interact with him through video conferencing during the doctor’s OPD time.

The HIS at SGPGI is being updated to provide a web-based interface to patients. The patients can now access medical data, including test reports and also pay their hospital bills online.

The network has already been updated with a 10G bandwidth for the purpose and software and server for the same have been setup.

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“The patients will be provided with a username and password and they can get reports and pay bills online. They can also get in touch with doctors through tele-consultancy either in the OPD or their chambers,” said Dr RK Sharma, Director, SGPGI.

“Tele-consultancy is still not a part of the system at the SGPGI. The integration of telemedicine with the hospital network will allow us take technology to the routine area of the hospital for encouraging participation of doctors,” said Dr S K Mishra, Nodal Officer of the School of Telemedicine and Biomedical Informatics, SGPGI.

Tele-consultancy between SGPGI experts and remote patients started in 2001 but was restricted to the consultancy room of the School.

“Till now, the tele-consultancy with remote patients meant that doctors had to be physically present at the School of Telemedicine at a fixed time. But, OPD being their first priority, it used to be difficult for doctors to spare time for such appointments, because of which the consultancy got delayed time and again,” explained Dr Mishra.

“The integrated tele-consultancy system will be functional in the next six months and will also help in reducing the waiting list of the OPD,” added Dr Mishra.

Repu Daman, network engineer at the School of Telemedicine, said: “If doctors came for tele-consultancy, the patient load at OPD increased and it got difficult to manage both sides. With the facility, patients can fix a time with the doctor during his OPD hours and can interact through tele-consultancy.”

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1 comment:

Sulakhe's said...

That's really a nice formula for treating patients equally with more concentration, sometimes due to lack of time, doctors may not concentrate on the patient's issue deeply and this may cause to repeat the check-up again and again for the same problem. But now the above article about implementing a technology like Telemedicine through Healthcare Video Conferencing is a great idea to vanish all the problems and stress of doctors & patients as well. Hope this solutions should be implemented in all the hospitals soon.

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