Title: The telemedicine experience of Care Hospitals

Authors: Arun Tiwari, Yogita Bhanu, B.R. Raghu Prasad

Addresses: Care Health Foundation, Bhaskar Palace, Road No. 1, Hyderabad – 560 034, India. ' Saiteja Apartments, Dwarakapuri Colony, Punjagutta, Hyderabad, India. ' Flat No. 412, Sri Laxmi Plaza, Zaffar Ali Bagh, Somajiguda, Hyderabad 560 082, India

Abstract: Telemedicine is one of the latest evolutions of information communication technology (ICT). Telemedicine can be used as an effective means of delivering quality healthcare to the rural people. The resource availability is comparatively less for healthcare to reach the rural masses. Telemedicine helps the rural people to get access to expert advice and reducing their health risks. Andhra Pradesh Vaidhya Vidhana Parishad (APVVP), the supervisory body for all the government hospitals in Andhra Pradesh is spearheading the telemedicine implementation at 24 district hospitals with the help of Care and Apollo hospitals. These services heavily rely on ICTs in enabling quality healthcare to reach the rural areas. This paper analyses the application of telemedicine technology towards benefiting the rural people.

Keywords: information and communications technologies; ICT; sanjeeva; telemedicine project; medical imaging; video conferencing; information technology; care hospitals; healthcare delivery; rural population; India; developing countries.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSTM.2005.007421

International Journal of Services Technology and Management, 2005 Vol.6 No.3/4/5, pp.467 - 482

Available online: 18 Jul 2005 *

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