Introduction

Reaching care to where it’s never been.

Meenakshi Tele Care (MTC) is the telemedicine project at MMHRC. Launched in 2009, it is aimed at improving healthcare delivery in the underserved rural areas. The telemedicine system was introduced by MMHRC and is supported by Direct Relief International (USA), the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and a few prominent NGOs.

Telemedicine provides delivery of healthcare services to places where distance is a critical factor. In this practice, all the healthcare professionals involved use information and communication technologies for exchange of valid information, diagnoses, treatments and the prevention of disease and injuries.

WHY TELEMEDICINE?

People living in remote areas often struggle to access timely and quality medical care, since most of the specialist doctors are located in the cities. Telemedicine makes it possible for patients to have easy access to expert doctors through a virtual interface.

MODES OF HEALTHCARE DELIVERY:

  • MTC Rural Health Centres
  • Mobile telemedicine
  • Tele-education
  • Tele-public health
  • Training

MTC RURAL HEALTH CENTRES:

  • At present there are six telemedicine centers located in Anaiyur, Varapur, Thonugal, Therespuram, Olaikuda and Raniganj (West Bengal).
  • Everyday nearly 10-15 patients receive healthcare services in the respective centers.
  • We provide patients with specialty consultations such as cardiology, dermatology, diabetology, general medicine, pediatrics, urology etc.

MOBILE TELEMEDICINE:

  • MMHRC’s mobile telemedicine service is one among the 17 in the entire country.
  • This service was started with the support of Direct Relief International, USA and Indian Space Research Organization.
  • Mobile Telemedicine provides super-specialty services and diagnostic facilities such as X-ray, ECG, ultrasound, echo and other laboratory services in remote rural and disaster affected areas.
  • On an average 6-8 camps are conducted every month, through the Mobile Telemedicine services.

TELE-EDUCATION:

  • In order to further strengthen our academic activities, we are initiating a new project of Tele-education to share our academic programs with other medical institutions using video conferencing.

 

Facilities

SERVICES:

  • Tele-consultation
  • Specialists’ opinion
  • Web CME programs
  • Guest lectures

TELE-EDUCATION:

  • Tele-public health
  • Training

CURATIVE SERVICES:

MTC provides comprehensive quality healthcare services (at present its functions from 9 am to 6 pm) with innovative usage of telemedicine. Curative Services MTC provides comprehensive quality healthcare services (at present its functions from 9 am to 6 pm) with innovative usage of telemedicine. 

  • Mobile Telemedicine: A van (Telemedicine van fitted with, X-ray machines, ECG, Ultra Sound and Lab facilities) offer diagnostic and laboratory services on the spot, for super specialty consultations.

PREVENTITIVE SERVICES AND HEALTH EDUCATION:

  • Regular health and hygiene education by public health expert (Training of Trainers at the rural centers)
  •  The public health officer (picked from local community and trained at MMHRC in public health aspects) makes group presentations on health and sanitation issues, through a flip chart.

COMMUNICATION LINK:

VSAT IP: 10.249.195.3
Global IP: 125.22.245.39, 122.165.59.169