Minimally invasive cardiac surgery at AIMS from January

Kochi, 10 Nov 2010

Minimally invasive method, the most modern technique in cardiac surgery will become fully operational at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences by January next Year.

Minimally invasive cardiac surgery has a lot of advantages over conventional heart surgeries. While conventional surgery demands a twenty centi meter long incision cutting the sternum, minimally invasive method needs only seven centi meter incision, and that too on the side of the chest, in between the ribs. Patients post surgery convalescence needs only four-five weeks against the conventional rest period of almost four months.

Minimally invasive method can be used for all types of cardiac surgery.

AIMS showcased in Kuwait

9-10 October 2010, Kuwait
Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), one of the leading health care institutions in India, showcased various facilities in the field of health services with their active participation at the 1st International Conference and Fair for distinctive hospitals took place in Kuwait last week end.

Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences is a major presence internationally and receives patients from around the world including several countries from the Middle East. “We have a dedicated team that manages our international patients starting with the processing of their medical reports, organizing travel, managing their stay in the hospital and return back home,” said Mr Unnithan, General Manager, Marketing of AIMS.

“We had already held a few discussions with Mubarak Al Kabeer of the Medical College here in Kuwait for student exchange and faculty exchange programs with us and to explore other possibilities to utilize our strong academic expertise,” he added.

AIMS also organized a seminar on the side line of the Kuwait Medical Tourism Conference & Exhibition organized with official sponsorship from the Ministries of Health, Defense and Interior, Kuwait Oil Company and Kuwait Medical Association.

The Indian Ambassador to Kuwait, Ajai Malhotra, inaugurated the seminar in which he appreciated the steps taken by Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences to come forward with a medical collaboration with the state of Kuwait and to participate in the first ever International Medical Conference and Exhibition in Kuwait.
For promoting medical tourism, Mr Ajai Malhotra said that the Indian embassy will arrange a new type of visa called Medical Visa for foreigners in which the patient and a family member can stay in India for medical treatment for up to one year.

Amrita clinic in Sivakasi

29 Aug 2010, Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu
Amrita Clinic, a free medical dispensary was started functioning at the Anbu Illam premises in Sivakasi. Sri KKSR Ramachandran, Minister of Tamil Nadu, inaugurated the clinic in the presence of Swami Ramakrishnananda Puri. A lot of local villagers will be benefited from clinic.


Telemedicine to Andamans

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 Joel, Dept of Dermatology

Dr B Pradeep, Dept of General Surgery

Dr Rajesh, Dept of Pulmonary

Dr Vijayamohan, Dept of Orthopaedics

Patients needing specialized care located at Andamans were provided with treatment advice, second opinion, follow-up care etc with the help of this telemedicine facility. Within a year approximately 3000 patients –more than 8 patients a day– tele-consultations to Amrita health center at Andamans were provided from AIMS.

This service has helped in preventing unnecessary patient referrals to distant hospitals located at the mainland thus avoiding huge travel cost for patients. This initiative has brought out better health outcome for patients and also helped in attaining higher level of confidence in the community’s local  health care system.

Andaman signs MoU with Amrita Institute

mou-andaman14 Oct 2009, Port Blair
In order to provide super specialist services to the people of these islands through the GB Pant Hospital, Port Blair, the Principal Secretary (Health), Andaman & Nicobar administration signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Br. Sadashiva Chaitaniya, Mata Amaritanandamayi Math and Dr. Prem Nair, Medical Director of Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre, Kochi.

With the signing of the MoU, super specialist facilities in areas like Cardiology, Surgical Gastroenterology, Urology, Pediatric Surgery, Head & Neck Surgery, Gynecological Endoscopic Surgery, Arthroscopic Surgery, Plastic Surgery and Spinal Surgery will be made available to the public at GB Pant Hospital, Port Blair  on a monthly basis, which will include consultation, diagnostics and surgical services. Nurses and Paramedics of GB Pant Hospital will be provided training in conducting the super specialty operations. The specialists from Amrita will also provide their expert advice to patients through Tele-medicine facilities as and when required.

It is expected that these facilities will come as a boon to the public of these islands and will save them the expenditure and trouble of going to various hospitals on the mainland for treatment.

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NABH accreditation for Amrita Institute

Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences has been granted NABH (National Accreditation Board of Hospitals & Health Care Providers) accreditation. Amrita is the first university teaching hospital to get NABH accreditation in the country.

National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH) is a constituent board of Quality Council of India, ( set up to establish and operate accreditation programme for healthcare organizations and to set benchmarks for progress of health industry.

Amrita-Pfizer Preferred Research Centre Secretariat

AIMS, Kochi June 27 2009

Amrita has become a Nodal Centre for clinical research in the southern region with the inauguration of the Amrita-Pfizer Preferred Research Centre Secretariat here on Saturday 27th of June.

The Secretariat will be where all the central coordination of research activities (including administrative, financial, legal as well as supportive research components such as protocol development) takes place. This is a key achievement which will enable both Amrita and Pfizer to enhance clinical research activities in South India.

Dr. Sanish Davis, Clinical Research Manager, Pfizer, stated that Pfizer was very happy to have such collaboration with Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences because Amrita is one of the very few healthcare institutions in India that give equal importance to both healthcare and research and that Pfizer is committed to improving the quality of clinical research in India.

Amrita Telemedicine connects to PAN-African network

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 in various medical specialties will be made available to care centers and hospitals in these rural areas. Through a satellite and fiber optic network, it will be able to reach out to remote and rural areas in need.

The inaugural telecast was that of a CME (Continuing Medical Education) session, for doctors in the rural centers of Africa. The topic — Infectious Diseases, Prevention and Control. Dr. Girish, General Medicine interacted with doctors in 13 countries on the African continent as he shared his insights and knowledge from Amrita. “We have long aspired to this goal –Digital health to every doorstep– ” he stated. “I am happy that after Amma’s visit, we are now able to serve the African people in yet another manner.”

PAN-African e-network is a Government of India initiative. The network’s main aim is to provide adequate educational facilities and affordable healthcare eventually in all 53 nations of the African Union. This idea was proposed by the President of India, Dr. Abdul Kalam, at the inaugural session of the PAN-African parliament held at Johannesburg in 2004.