The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on March 13 said that it would soon utilize the services of the National Medical College Network (NMCN), a task force on tele-medicine, to combat the scarcity of doctors in the rural parts of the country.
Under the NMCN, all the 158 government medical colleges will be connected with six regional resource centres. The government has already set up Medical Knowledge Resource Centres, which are tertiary care academic institutes in different regions of the country. "Each of which will be connected to medical colleges in that region," said Dr. Navneet Kumar Dhamija, deputy commissioner, e-health, health ministry. Telemedicine centers will be established in medical colleges, which will also facilitate online consultation.
The government is planning to use tele-medicine to provide clinical healthcare in far flung rural areas of country. Dr. Subodh Kumar, AIIMS additional professor, surgery, said that thousands of villages would benefit from the venture. "This will fulfil the gap that has prevailed in remote areas due to the absence of doctors and over 2.5 lakh villages will benefit through the tele-medicine network," he said.