Taking medical facilities to far-flung areas, Telemedicine has been made operational in the Divisional Railway Hospital of Waltair division. Telemedicine project is the use of electronic communication and information technologies to provide health care when distance separates medical specialists from the patient. It also includes educational use of these technologies such as distance learning of health subjects.
The motto is to reach the patient in far-flung and remote areas where proper medical facilities have not reached these areas yet. To bring specialist care to the doorstep of the railway beneficiary stationed at distant centers, it has been decided that telemedicine facility should be made available. One can examine, diagnose, seek specialist opinion, treat and cure the patient effectively through telemedicine system.
Sri Chetan Kumar Shrivastava, Divisional Railway Manager, Waltair stated that mainstreaming Telemedicine as per Ministry of Health and Family Welfare latest guidelines, shall increase timely access to appropriate Professional Medical interventions and faster access to services that may not otherwise be available in far off places like Kottavalasa-Kirandul line, Koraput-Rayagada, Naupada-Gunupur lines passing through remote areas of the country.
Telemedicine provides patient’s safety as well as health workers safety especially in situations where there is risk of contagious infections. Demonstration on its effectiveness of telemedicine was given by DR BB Samanta, Chief Medical Superintendent of the Railway Hospital. Railway persons can avail this facility with 8688407744, 8688407745 dedicated telemedicine helpline phone numbers of Waltair division.
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