All health and wellness centres in the city will be connected with the PGI via telemedicine links, so as to ease off the pressure of unnecessary referrals to the institute, according to Professor Meenu Singh, in charge of the telemedicine department in PGI. The move is being initiated under the “Ayushman Bharat” programme, she said.
There are 30 wellness centres in the city, which provide an expanded range of services, including the reproductive and child health care, mother and child healthcare, eye and ENT (ear-nose-throat), oral healthcare, geriatric care, mental health, emergency services and yoga sessions. The existing dispensaries are being converted into health and wellness centres.
Besides this, free screening for common non-communicable disease will also be provided. “We are going for computerisation of these centres. We have a module of e-hospitals where there will be online registration,” said Dr G Dewan, director, health services.
These centres have physicians, who can treat minor ailments at the primary level of health care. In case, these doctors need consultation, they can use the telemedicine platform. “This platform will be only for the doctors to ask patient-related questions,” said Prof Singh.
Unnecessary referral are flooding the PGI. With a footfall of more than 7,000 OPD patients, the institute is unable to give enough consultation to all of them. “We are already using telemedicine to teach doctors in the rural areas of the adjoining states. Once the health and wellness centres are linked online with us, we can streamline those cases which need primary attention and care, and can be managed there only,” she said.
“We are also working with the Haryana government to provide online consultation to the prisoners who need treatment. It would prevent them to travel long distances and there will also not be any need for security,” Professor Singh added.-Times Of India