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ISRO ties up with Ganga Ram

ISRO?s satellite based telemedicine network, which started in 2001 on an experimental basis, is aimed at linking remote district hospitals with super-specialty hospitals in major cities through the INSAT satellite.

india Updated: May 17, 2006 02:29 IST
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Hindustantimes
         

In a move to expand its telemedicine network, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) signed a MoU on Tuesday with four specialty hospitals — Manipal Hospital, Bangalore, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, Madras Diabetic Research Foundation, Chennai and Dr Venkatrao Dawle Medical Foundation, Maharashtra.

ISRO’s satellite based telemedicine network, which started in 2001 on an experimental basis, is aimed at linking remote district hospitals with super-specialty hospitals in major cities through the INSAT satellite.

While ISRO provides the software, hardware and communication equipment as well as satellite bandwidth, the specialty hospitals provide the infrastructure, manpower and maintain the system.

The ISRO network now covers 165 hospitals – 132 remote/rural/district hospitals/health centres connected to 33 specialty hospitals.

Speaking on the occasion ISRO Chairman G Madhavan Nair said expressed happiness that several private hospitals besides state governments and NGOs have been showing keen interest in extending quality healthcare to the rural population.

First Published: May 17, 2006 02:29 IST

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