Medindia in the News...
Medical BBS to operate from New Year's day
A first year post graduate (Orthopedics) of the Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute (SRMC & RI), Porur, Chennai, has come out with a Medical Bulletin Board Service (MBBS) which offers medical news from all over the world free cost through the net. The bulletin service is to start its operations from January 1, 1998. Dr D.Jagdish had started a similar service two years back in Chennai, but was forced to stop last year because of poor response and personal commitments. "The service is to be revived due to 'doctors' demand' from all over the country. MBBS in Mumbai, Calcutta and Delhi are also to be launched by the last quarter of next year," he said. Apart from this, Dr.Jagdish, along with Dr.Sunil Shroff, Head of the Urology and Rental Transplantation, Department of SRMC & RI, have co-founded Medical Computer Society of India (MCSI) to promote computer education among the Indian doctors. MCSI is the first computer society for doctors in the country. The activities of MCSI include settings up a web site to keep the medical community in the country informed of latest developments and publish medical journals and articles ."We had receives about 600 responses from the bulletin board service regarding the MCSI. Even non-doctors had contacted us to join and contribute to the society. Incidentally, this is the first organization in the world to allow non-doctors be a part of a doctor society." Said Dr.Sunil Shroff. Exclusive forums on special cases, a panel of specialists, blood volume in each blood bank, case history, annual scientific meetings and short courses in various medical establishments on basics of medical computing are some of the activities which will be taken up by the society for the next year. According to Dr.Jagdish, who has been using computers since his school days, "to best avail the benefits of the computers, personal interaction with it is a must. Creating multimedia presentations, using accounting packages, storing patient cases and their history, designing prescription formats are some of the things that can be done on a computer. The Internet enables access to the otherwise expensive monthly journals, discussing interesting and difficult cases with doctors from all over the world, reading presentations and availing software for certain complicated operating cases." Doctors and non-doctors who are interested in visiting the site can log on to the Internet at www.hostindia.com/mcsi.