Telemedicine at Amrita Institute

“Where there is love, distance doesn’t matter.” – Amma

Telemedicine is a method by which specialist doctors can examine, investigate, monitor and treat patients in remote areas through satellite video-conferencing. Medical images, patient records and output from medical devices can be transmitted, as well as live two-way audio and video. Specialists can advise, online, doctors or paramedics at the patient’s end, and if necessary even guide them in surgery.

Amrita Institute of Medical Science [AIMS] has been providing compassionate care through telemedicine since 2003, servicing remote islands such as Lakshadweep and Andaman-Nicobar, as well as Leh-Ladakh in Kashmir. Now, more than 32 centers India are connected from Amrita. Amrita has also used the technology to provided specialty medical support during times of natural disasters, including the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and 2008 Bihar floods.

AIMS telemdicine links

Aside from providing consultations to the remote corners of India, Amrita uses its telemedicine link to educate doctors in remote primary centres to the latest medical advancement through seminars, workshops and teaching programmes.

Amrita’s telemedicine programme is made possible through its link with an ISRO [Indian Space Research Organisation] satellite.

“Communication through machines has even made people in far off places seem very close. Yet, in the absence of communication between hearts, even those who are physically close to us seem very far away.” – Amma

The achievements of the Amrita Telemedicine project are many and varied:

  • * There has been a substantial decline in unnecessary referrals to specialists
  • * Patient satisfaction with the face-to-face video consultation has been significant
  • * Diabetes in gestational pregnancy brought under control and ensured safe delivery for Lakshadweep patients;
  • * Cancer diagnosis and treatment prescribed for SNM Hospital patient in Leh, Ladakh.
  • * Videoconferencing also opened up new possibilities for continuing medical education or training for isolated or rural health practitioners, who may not be able to leave a rural practice to take part in professional meetings or educational opportunities.
  • * The Telemedicine service provides primary specialist diagnosis, second opinion, recommended treatment and post-treatment advice based on consultation and medical data test results
  • * DNB teaching programmes is being telecasted to other telemedicine centres, like Tiruvananthapuram Medical College.
  • * On 13th January 2003, Amrita’s first remote tele-surgery procedure was performed. The Amrita Emergency Care Unit at Pampa (on the way to Sabarimala shrine of Lord Ayyappa, a famous pilgrimage centre in eastern Kerala) was able to save the life of a pilgrim by the tele-surgical procedure using the local telemedicine facility. The cardio-vascular thoracic surgeon guided the procedure remotely and the pediatric cardiologist at Pampa performed the procedure.
  • * Both national and international seminars and workshops are being conducted regularly at Amrita.
  • * A mobile Tele-medicine serves the rural and tribal areas of Kerala
  • * Postgraduate training programmes, live interaction of CME programmes with various telemedicine centers simultaneously

Through the Amrita Telemedicine service, Amma has found yet another way of reaching out to Her children to ease their suffering. Amma’s infinitely compassionate arms continue to extend in every conceivable direction.

To contact:
Telephone: 011-91-484-2802121
Videoconference ISDN Number: 011-91-484-280-2802

“The beauty of society lies in the communication between hearts.” – Amma
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Telemedicine to Andamans

(1 Jul '10)

March 25th 2009 marked the beginning of the telemedicine connectivity between Amrita health care center at Shadipur Port Blair, Andamans and Amrita Institute of Medical Science, Kochi. Thousands of people were benefited with this initiative. Live tele consultation with Amrita Health Care, Andaman. Dcotors from AIMS in the inset Dr Chithra, Dept of Psychiatry Dr […]

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Category : Telemedicine

Flood relief work in Karnataka – more photos

(27 Oct '09)

26 Oct 2009, Karnataka Photos of  MAM’s flood  relief work in Karnataka Related posts Gift of grace in Raichur MAM to build over 800 houses for Karnataka flood victims Rs 50-Cr. relief package for the flood affected Karnataka flood relief photos Andra flood relief work photos share your joy:

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Category : Disaster Relief | Flood Relief | Photos | Telemedicine

Andra flood relief work photos

(16 Oct '09)

15 Oct 2009, Kurnool, Andra Pradesh Photos of the flood relief work undertaken by Mata Amritanandamayi Math in Kurnool district of Andra Pradesh View Larger Map Related posts Gift of grace in Raichur MAM to build over 800 houses for Karnataka flood victims Rs 50-Cr. relief package for the flood affected Flood relief work in […]

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Category : Disaster Relief | Flood Relief | Health Care | Telemedicine

Amrita Telemedicine connects to PAN-African network

(4 Jun '09)

The Telemedicine network at Amrita Institute of Medical Science has begun extending its services beyond India’s borders. On May 4, 2009, it became part of the India’s PAN-African telemedicine network. Though this telemedicne network, Amrita will provide e-health services to Benin, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Ethiopia, Mauritius, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal and Seychelles. Medical consultation […]

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Category : Education | Health Care | Telemedicine

Bihar Flood: Medical Service

(16 Dec '08)

Medicine In response to the Bihar flood, AIMS Hospital dispatched teams of specialists and paramedics who treated more than 400 patients daily, sometimes seeing to more than 500. Not only did the doctors treat wounds, respiratory problems like pneumonia and fungal growths, they also delivered several babies. Ambulances and a Mobile Telemedicine Unit were also […]

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Bihar Floods: Telemedicine

(16 Dec '08)

Telemedicne Two state–of-the art ambulances were sent to the area via rail from Kochi, a total of distance of almost 2,500 km. One of these was AIMS Hospital’s Mobile Telemedicine Unit. It is the size of a city bus and includes X-ray facilities, ECG scanner, pathology-lab-work facility, specialty cardiac services and a telemedicine satellite link […]

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Bihar flood relief: Supaul photos

(6 Oct '08)

4 Oct 2008, Supaul, Bihar Four more temporary shelters were constructed at Supaul for the flood affected in Bihar. Supaul is the worst flood affected area. Dr. Sarvan Kumar IAS, the district collector inaugurated the temporary shelters. The Tele-medicine van is going around the villages and the doctors use it to do joint diagnosis of […]

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Amma blesses mobile Tele-Medicine unit

(16 May '06)

16 May 2006 — Amritapuri Today Amma blessed AIMS Hospital’s new  “mobile medical unit.” The unit will bring the state-of-the-art medical care of AIMS to rural areas via its satellite. Dr. Prem Nair, the Medical Director of AIMS, and Dr. Kumar Menon, a doctor working out of the unit, gave Amma a quick tour of […]

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