Govt restarts telemedicine facility for people from far-flung areas
SRINAGAR: The government has revived telemedicine facilities at Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) after eight years, to reach out to the ailing populace of far-flung parts of Jammu and Kashmir.
The first centre made functional is located at District Hospital Kathua, which has been connected to the Telemedicine Department of SKIMS Soura to provide super-specialist consultation to patients, especially to those from the nomadic community. The hospitals of Tangdhar and Kargil are also connected on a trial basis.
“The infrastructure has been set up in SKIMS Soura, and we are able to connect to Kathua district hospital. In Tangdar and Kargil, arrangements for round-the-clock doctors will be made in a few months,” said Farooq Ahmad Wani, state Nodal Officer, Telemedicine, J&K.
Dr Wani further said the services would gradually be extended to other areas with doctors of the Directorate of Health Services, Jammu and Kashmir.
“Doctors living in remote areas of these districts can consult specialists in SKIMS Soura through video conferencing. This will improve delivery of treatment for communities that are deprived of these facilities,” Wani said.
Director SKIMS Dr Omar Javed Shah told Kashmir Reader that the service will be helpful for nomadic communities and those who cannot afford long distance travel to avail of treatment.
“It will save time and money for them. Similarly, it will also be beneficial for patients who need regular consultation with specialist doctors,” he said.
The tertiary care hospitals of Srinagar, especially SKIMS and the Shri Maharaj Hari Singh Hospital cater to over 3,000 patients per day. Most of these patients come from quite far away.
“The Telemedicine facility is using the latest technology to deliver healthcare services to people from remote locations. It was my dream to revive the facility,” the Director said.