United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

United Nations/India/USA Pilot Project: "Telemedicine in the Reconstruction of Afghanistan"
 
Expert Meeting
29 - 31 August 2006
Amritha Institute of Medical Sciences
Cochin, India

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Tuesday, 29 August 2006
Opening session
Welcome / Opening Remarks Prem Nair,
Medical Director, AIMS
 
Alice Lee,
Chief, United Nations Programme on Space Applications, UN
 
Keynote Presentations
  "Telemedicine - From concept to Implementation",
LS. Sathyamurthy, Director, ANTRIX - Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)
Powerpoint Presentation
  "ATA, Telemedicine and the World: Forging New Alliances, Learning from Each Other",
Jonathan Linkous, Executive Director, American Telemedicine Association
Powerpoint Presentation
 
Session 1: International Collaboration on Telemedicine Implementation
  "Overview: UN Programme on Space Applicaitons and Expert Meeting Objectives",
Alice Lee, UN-OOSA
Powerpoint Presentation
  "Telemedicine in Developing Countries: Case Studies",
Ron Merrell, MD, FACS. Permanent Member NASA Commission on International Space Station Flight Readiness; and Director of the Medical Informatics and Technology Applications Consortium, Virginia, USA
Powerpoint Presentation
  "The Potential Role of Telemedicine and Information Technology in the Redevelopment of Medical Systems in the Aftermath of a War-ravaged Countries",
Rifat Latifi, MD, FACS. Professor of Clinical Surgery and Director, Teletrauma and Telepresence Program, The University Medical Center, University of Arizona; Director, Kosova Telemedicine Program, Prishtina, Kosova
Powerpoint Presentation
 
Session 2: Technologies and Implementation of Space System Based Telemedicine in India
  "Electronic Medical Records in TM",
Br. Pradeep, Chief Software Architect, Amrita Research Labs
(Focus: Policy, legal and technical aspects; What skill level and training and budget are required for equipment's installation and operation and maintenance; Issues, concerns and lessons learnt).
Powerpoint Presentation
  "Telemedicine Software",
Praveen Bist,
Project Manager, AIMS
(Focus: What skill level and training and budget are required for equipment's installation and operation and maintenance; Issues/concerns and lessons learnt).
Powerpoint Presentation
  "Before Linking Resource Limited Settings to Distant 'Medical Services': The Spade Work.",
Sanjay Prakash SOOD, Head of School, C-DAC School of Advanced Computing, Mauritius
(Highlight of issues/problems, concerns and lessons learnt w.r.t. Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study with some message/idea on capacity building - to enable connectivity to deliver expert medical services at remote as well as resource limited settings; Skill level and training/budget required for equipment's installation, operation and maintenance issues/concerns and lessons learn.
Powerpoint Presentation
  "Rural Telemedicine and Health Education",
Lohidas - Head of the Department of Community Medicine, Amrita School of Medicine
(Focus: How a community prepare itself for implementation - policy, governmental support, resources sustainability, etc.; Issues/concerns and lessons learnt).
Powerpoint Presentation
  "Community based telemedicine - The AIMS experience",
Ajith Babu, Head, Centre for Digital Health, AIMS
(Focus: How a community prepares itself for implementation - policy, governmental support, resources sustainability, etc.; Issues/concerns and lessons learnt).
Powerpoint Presentation
  "Village Resource Centre (VRC) for Rural Development",
V. S. Hegde, ISRO
(Focus: How a community prepare itself for implementation - policy, governmental support, resources sustainability, etc.; Issues/concerns and lessons learnt).
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  Formal Opening Ceremony
  • Welcome address: Dr. Prem Nair, Medical Director, AIMS
  • Lighting the Lamp
  • Benedictory Address: Sampoojya Swami Poornamritanandaputi, International General Secretary of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math
  • Inaugural Address: Smt. Panabaka Lakshmi, Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, India
  • Presidential Address: Shri. Achyutanandan, Chief Minister of Kerala, India
  • Project Partners Representative Adresses (in alphabetic order of nations):
    • Afghanistan: Dr. Azizullah Akhgar, Director General of Provincial Public Heath, Ministry of Public Health, Afghanistan
    • India: Dr. B.N. Suresh, Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Indian Space Research Organization, India
    • USA: Shri. Jonathan Linkous, Executive Director, American Telemedicine Association, USA
  • Felicitation Address: Shrimathi. Alice Lee, Chief, UN Programme on Space Applications, United Nations
 
Wednesday, 30 August 2006
Session 3: Telemedicine Applications in Specialized Fields and Developing Countries
  "Telemedicine- Urban Quality Services at Rural Prices", Sudhakar Babu,
Healthcare Consultant, Byrraju Foundation, Hyderabad, India
Powerpoint Presentation
  "TM Application in Opthalmology",
Kim Ramasamy, Arvind Eye Hospital, Madurai, India
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  "TM Application - Cardiology and Radiology",
R. Prem Sekar, Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist, Frontier Lifeline Hospitals, Chennai, India
Powerpoint Presentation
  "Telemedicine Applications in Dermatology,
Feroz, Assistant Professor, Dept of Dermatology, AIMS
Powerpoint Presentation
  "Telemedicine Initiatives at Sanjay Gandhi Postgrduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow",
Saroj Mishra, Professor & Head, Department of Endocrine Surgery, SGPGI Telemedicine Program, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical, Lucknow, India
Powerpoint Presentation
 
Session 4: Telemedicine Demonstration
  Visiting Amritha Telemedicine Center and view TM demonstration: Telemedicine set-up, both in-hospital and mobile unit; Live consultations; CME teleconferences; and community-based counseling session, etc.
 
Session 5: National Telemedicine Implementation Experiences
  "TM Implementation Experience in Maldives",
Ibrahim Yasir, AHMED, Deputy Director, Medical Administration & Senior Registrar in Medicine, IGM Hospital, Male', Maldevis.
(Focus: Current status of implementing TM in your rcountry; Problems, issues, concerns, lessons learnt - how to overcome them; Next step and future work)
Powerpoint Presentation
  "TM Implementation Experience in Bangladesh", Kazi Saifuddin BENNOOR,
Asst.Prof., Respiratory Medicine, National Institute of Diseases of Chest and Hospital, Mohakhali, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
(Current status of implementing TM in your rcountry; Problems, issues, concerns, lessons leart - how to overcome them; Next step and future work)
Powerpoint Presentation
  "TM Implementation Experience in Sri Lanka", Mohandas Palitha GUNAWARDENA,
Head, Centre for Telemedicine and e-learning, Sri Lanka Health Telematics (SRLHI), Centre for Telemedicine, General Hospital Kandy, Sri Lanka.
(Current status of implementing TM in your rcountry; Problems, issues, concerns, lessons leart - how to overcome them; Next step and future work)
Powerpoint Presentation
  "Satellite Connectivity to Support Medical Services in Remote Locations of Nepal",
Mingma SHERPA, District Health Officer,Solu Hospital, Kathmandu, and Zbigniew MIKOLAJUK, Integrated Programme Manager, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Kathmandu, Nepal.
Powerpoint Presentation
  "Telemedicine Experience in Sikkim,",
Namgyal. T. Sherpa, Sr. Medical Consultant, Sir Thoctop Namgyal Memorial Hospital, Sikkim, India
Powerpoint Presentation
  "TM Implementation Experience in Pakistan",
Faisal MURAD, Project Coordinator, Telemedicne/E-health Training Project; Mohammad Ali MALIK, Manager, Telemedicine centre, Department of Neuro Surgery JPMC, Karachi Sind; Mudassar HUSSAIN, Sr. Project Manager, Ministry of Information Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan
Powerpoint Presentation
  Project Activity Report for the United Nations/India/USA Pilot Project "Telemedicine in the Reconstruction of Afghanistan",
Mohammad Daud, Afghanistan Ministry of Public Health.
(Scope: Phase I training report; Phase II work and status: the establishment of Task Force Telemedicine, its commitment, and planned future work, foreseeable concerns & problems when implementing in the future).
Powerpoint Presentation
 
Session 6: Round Table Discussion - ALL Delegates participate "Implementing Telemedicine in Afghanistan and Neighboring Countries"
Chairpersons: Alice Lee, Ron Merrell
Rapporteur: Sanjay SOOD
  What does it take to implement telemedicine for Afghanistan and neighboring countries? What can we do to assist the area in implementing telemedicine? Focus on providing shared efforts, practical, and zero/low cost in-kind support.
  • Issues and concerns
  • What need to be done and what can be done
  • Challenges ahead of us
  • Ways and means of overcoming the challenges
 
Thursday, 31 August 2006
Session 6: Round Table Discussion (continued) - ALL Delegates participate "Implementing Telemedicine in Afghanistan and Neighboring Countries"
Chairpersons: Alice Lee, Ron Merrell
Rapporteur: Sanjay SOOD
  What does it take to implement telemedicine for Afghanistan and neighboring countries? What can we do to assist the area in implementing telemedicine? Focus on providing shared efforts, practical, and zero/low cost in-kind support.
  • Issues and concerns
  • What need to be done and what can be done
  • Challenges ahead of us
  • Ways and means of overcoming the challenges
  • Initiatives
  • Continue discussion
  • Finalize initiatives and agree on follow-up actions
  • Continue discussion if neededAIMS
  • Closing remarks
    • Prem Nair, Director, AIMS
    • Alice Lee, UNAIMS
 
 
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