After successfully implementing Telemedicine project TConsult across several
districts, the Telangana Information Technology Association (TITA) is now gearing up increase the scope of TConsult by integrating the sub-centers, primary health centers and community health centers. This will provide access to e-Doctor and digital health records for all patients at all levels of health centers.
Speaking on the occasion, TITA Global President Sundeep Kumar Makthala said a pilot to digitally integrate the sub-centers, primary health centers and community health centers will be launched shortly in Aler Mandal of Yadadri Bhuvanagiri district. District collector Anita Ramachandran and MLA Gongidi Sunitha are supporting the integration of health centers, he said.
A TConsult team comprising Makthala and other members Srikanth Uppala, Sowmya, Rana Pratap and Bharath has done a field of study of the facilities and infra available. The pilot will be launched in the first week of July.
The public healthcare system is a multi tiered one with sub-centers being the first point of contact. These are manned by ANMs. One such center caters to about 5000 population. The next one is a primary health centers and this is manned by an MBBS doctors. These are equipped to handle deliveries as well. Next in the hierarchy are community health centers and on top of that is district hospital. The pilot at Aler will digitally integrate up to community health center but the plan is to integrate till district hospital level, he said.
When people move from one health center to other, a lot of time is wasted in commute. The vailability or non availability of doctor or facilities at the visiting health center are not taken into account. This Telemedicine integration will allow the doctors to give appointments as per availability, Makthala said adding that electronic medical records will help the doctors offer the required treatment instead of assessing afresh. E-prescription will also be available. The pilot will be launched soon at Aler, he said.