President Message

Greetings to all

I am honoured and thankful to all the members of the TSI who had given me the opportunity of being the President of TSI this year.

I would like to acknowledge and thank Dr. K. SelvaKumar, Past President of TSI, who had worked tirelessly taking TSI to a new horizon during last one year I would also like to thank all other Past Presidents, Executive Committee members, the office bearers & members of TSI, who worked so hard and delivered the messages e-Health in various forums. Telemedicine initiated during late nineties saw exponential growth in utilisation and awareness in the country by the use of Space for Telemedicine; ISRO having played vital role in providing free satellite bandwidth to active users then. Number of mobile satellite tracking Telemedicine vans supported by ISRO space-segment are extensively serving primary region. Currently, the growth is seen more, not in satellite based Telemedicine but handheld APPS based services. Further these Apps also have circumvented the requirement of inter operability to some extent.

The World Health Organization, in its agenda sets out “Ensure Healthy Lives and Well Being for all at all age”. For India also there is nothing more important than the health and well-being of its citizens. This is ensured in part, through an effective, comprehensive health system.

There are at least two major healthcare programs in India. The first is the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), which is the central government’s attempt to improve delivery of services in public facilities as well as public-health and preventive interventions, led by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The second is the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY), which is a health insurance program led by the Ministry of Labour and Employment. In most states RSBY covers people “below the poverty line” for a selected set of tertiary care services. While NRHM, launched in 2006, has had some success in improving access to certain services, such as maternal healthcare (under the Janani Suraksha Yojana program).

Healthcare to all can be achieved by providing E-Health to all using Telemedicine.

Cloud based healthcare support is beginning to take off by efforts of Giant like Amazon, Google, Apple and Microsoft by using voice activated queries and diagnosis.

Among these, Amazon is leading using "Echo" cloud supported device which has been trained for 100s of queries and has invested several hundred millions of dollars on health care services like, child diseases queries, geriatric care, pre and post natal care, OPD and several IPD services support and so on. Disease Diagnosis in advance, for long conditions diseases like cancer and diabeties by sifying cloud based EHR will now become reality.

Telemedicine will be widely used in rural population, as strategy to help reduce health-care cost and improved access, it is removing geographic barriers to improve health care and access to multi speciality as its acceptance by patients is gaining.

With 90% of more than one billion population of India living in rural area with limited access to speciality health and non-availability of qualified doctors to this vast unreachable area, telemedicine is the only choice for healthcare to be available in those regions effectively.

Our membership is also growing, life membership recorded maximum growth recently and new categories of membership are also being offered for better interaction with Corporate for latest developments in Telemedicine.

My vision, this year would be to bring the health in this country more close to the public through awareness in e-Health using Digital innovation. Telemedicine with innovative tools will continue to dominate and will play a major role in the treatment of Cancer patients, Tele-stroke Patients, Management of Trauma Patients, Disaster Management, area like e-ICU management, Tele-Education & Research by using more and more of APPS and Cloud based services to reach rural masses since these area are now getting well connected on broadband.

I once again wish all my colleagues of TSI to support me in implementing the Slogan of the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi for transforming nation by providing Universal Health Care (UHC) through Digital Healthcare in India” to our countrymen.

Mr. Ashok Kumar Sangal,
President TSI