The 2nd annual conference of The Telemedicine Society of India, Odisha Chapter (Oditelecon 2013) was organized by TSI,Odisha Chapter jointly with Telemedicine Center, SCB Medical College, Cuttack on 7th & 8th June 2013 at Indian Medical Association (IMA) house,Ranihat,Cuttack.113 delegates attended the conference.
The conference was inaugurated on 7th evening by principal secretary, health & family welfare department,Govt. of Odisha Sri P.K.Mohapatra,IAS.Dr.N.K.Dhamija, Deputy Commissioner Training & Nodal Officer,Telemedicine, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India,New Delhi attended the function as Guest of Honor and subsequently after inauguration of the conference delivered a guest lecture on “Bringing all medical colleges of India under one umbrella through National Medical College Network-Ministry of Health & FW, Govt. of India  Initiatives”.Teaching faculty from Govt. and private medical colleges of Odisha interacted with Dr.Dhamija for clarification on various operational issues of the proposed network.
Health secretary requested Dr.Dhamija to kindly move the Ministry of Health & FW, Govt. of India for including all the three Govt. medical colleges of Odisha in the Network during  the first phase. He also made an appeal to kindly consider if the State-Level Telemedicine Resource Center at Cuttack can be upgraded to a  Regional Resource Center for the eastern zone of India and funds that would be required as state Govt.’s share in this regard would be provided by the Odisha Govt. Dr.Dhamija indicated that medical colleges for inclusion in the 1st phase will be decided on the basis of feedback questionnaire analysis outcome. However as regards the up-gradation of the State-Level Telemedicine Resource Center to  Regional Resource Center, he has full support for it and would take up the issue with the concerned authorities in the Ministry.
Dr.Dhamija appreciated the ongoing regular telemedicine activities in Odisha. He indicated that Odisha happens to be the only state in India where all the Dist.Hqrs. hospitals are connected to Govt. medical colleges and are using the facility every day. However he pointed out that the utilization by the districts is poor and needs state Govt.’s intervention for enhancement.
The day-long scientific activity on 8th June consisted of guest lectures delivered by Dr.S.K.Mishra & Dr.Anjali Mishra from SGPGIMS,Lucknow; Dr.A.K.Mahapatra from AIIMS, Bhubaneswar and Dr.B.S.Ratta from Ruby Hall Clinic, Pune. Dr.S N Mohanty from OTTET talked on “taking telemedicine to rural Odisha on a PPP mode”. Dr.Anusaya Das of Satya Sai Telemedicine Center, Bhubaneswar indicated that their center has been offering services in cardiology and neurology for last several years. In the afternoon a panel discussion was organized on “Expanding Horizons of Telemedicine in Odisha”. Telemedicine experts from various Govt. and private health institutions using telemedicine technology participated in the discussion and offered their views. Dr.Mishra requested CDAC to take necessary steps at their end for providing access from all Dist.Hqrs. hospitals of Odisha directly to SGPGIMS,Lucknow for benefit the people of this state.

There were 21 speakers in the conference from 12 different organizations. Telemedicine nodal officers and telemedicine technical personnel from all Govt.medical colleges & district Hqrs. hospitals attended the conference. Govt. permission was granted to all of them with provision of TA for attending the conference.
The Annual General Body Meeting of The TSI, Odisha Chapter was held on 8th June 2013 in the IMA Conference hall. The following members were unanimously elected for the term 2013-2015.
President : Dr.Satyendra Narayan Panda,Cuttack (Dr.Panda was requested by the GB to continue
in the office for two  more years )

Vice-President: Dr.Biswa Narayan Mohanty,Cuttack
Secretary:         Dr.Arun Kumar Mohanty,Cuttack
Jt.Secretary-cum-Treasurer: Dr.Sibananda Mohanty,Baripada
Executive Members: Dr.Indu Bhusan Kar,Cuttack
Dr.Surendra Nath Senapati,Cuttack
Dr.Kaushik Mishra,Jagatsinghpur

Oditelecon 2013 made the following recommendations:

  1. District-level workshops should be held quarterly in a year to promote awareness amongst the medical professionals.

  2. The concerned authorities may be requested for including 10-15 classes on telemedicine in the MBBS study curriculum. This would be beneficial to make students familiar with the new medical technology.

  3. TSI,Odisha chapter should take the responsibility of  preparing a comprehensive report on all telemedicine activities in the state of Odisha and a copy of the same may be sent to Dr.N K Dhamija as per his request.

  4. Electronic media should be more often used to reach the common man. Suitable programs may accordingly be designed