The 3rd annual conference of The Telemedicine Society of India, Odisha Chapter (Oditelecon 2014) was organized by TSI,Odisha Chapter jointly with Ispat General Hospital, Rourkela; National Institute of Technology, Rourkela and Indian Medical Association, Rourkela City branch, Rourkela on 19th&20th April 2014. The preconference workshop was held at IGH, Rourkela and the conference was held at NIT, Rourkela. 201 delegates attended the conference. Dr.BNMohanty was the organizing chairman and Dr.A K Mohanty was the organizing secretary.

The workshop on “Basics of Telemedicine” was organized at IGH, Rourkela. The workshop was inaugurated by Mr.Manjush Kanti Das, Executive Director, Projects, Rourkela Steel Plant on 19th April at 3pm. Telemedicine hardware and software were demonstrated by CDC, Pune; DCL Softwares, Chennai and S-Cube Consultancy Services, Kolkata. Mr.M K Mallick from BSNL, Rourkela explained the participants the terrestrial connectivity available in Odisha to support telemedicine services. Dr.S K Mishra, Faculty I/C Telemedicine Program, SGPGIMS, Lucknow discussed in detail as to how a telemedicine platform can be established in a health institution.

The conference was inaugurated on 19th evening at NIT, Rourkela by immediate past-president of Telemedicine Society of India Prof.S K Mishra. Prof.S N Panda, President, TSI Odisha Chapter presided over the meeting. Director of NIT Prof. S.K Sarangi was the guest of honour.
The scientific activities on 20th April were held in the conference hall of Deptt. of Computer Science & Engineering, NIT Rourkela. Dr.R Kim from Pondicherry delivered a lecture over VC on Tele-ophthalmology services at Arvind Eye Hospital, Madurai. Dr.B S Ratta, President-elect of TSI talked on m-health over VC and similarly Dr.N K Dhamija, Deputy-commissioner, Training & Nodal Officer/Telemedicine, Ministry of Health & FW, Govt. of India spoke over VC on Govt. of India initiatives for enhancing the standard of medical education in medical colleges of India through a country-wide network.

The theme symposium on “Customizing Telemedicine Technology to meet user need” was convened by Dr.S K Mishra A panel discussion on Popularizing Telemedicine Use in Odisha was organized in the afternoon. The panelists were Prof.IBKar from SCBMC, Cuttack; Dr.Rajat Ray from Indian Medical Association, Rourkela; Dr.BB Rao from Ispat General Hospital, Rourkela; Dr.H K Das from Satya Sai Telemedicine Center, Bhubaneswar and Mr.Satyananda Mohanty from electronic Media (OTV, Rourkela).

The other invited speakers were Prof.P C Mohanty, Head of the Department of Trauma & Emergency Medicine from AIIMS, Bhubaneswar; Dr.Kaushik Mishra, Associate Professor of Community Medicine from SCB Medical College, Cuttack; Prof. P K Pradhan, Executive Member of TSI from SGPGIMS, Lucknow; Mr.Sushil Meher, senior medical informatics specialist  from AIIMS, New Delhi and Dr.Dogra from IIT,Bhubaneswar. Dr.Mishra requested that Govt. of Odisha may consider establishing two telemedicine centers-one at IGH, Rourkela and the other at AIIMS, Bhubaneswar for benefit of people of Odisha.

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 20th June 2014 at the same venue.. The following members were unanimously elected as office bearers of the state chapter for the term 2014-2015.

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

Oditelecon 2014 made the following recommendations:

1. Organize workshops/seminars/video demonstrations in different corners of the state to enhance awareness amongst the medical professionals.
2.  Govt. of Odisha may be moved for consideration of establishing two additional telemedicine nodes- one at Ispat General Hospital, Rourkela and the other at Regional AIIMS, Bhubaneswar for benefit of people of Odisha.
3.Electronic media should be more often used to reach the common man.
4. Attempt should be made to involve other technical & medical professional bodies/institutions to organize future events similar to the way Oditelecon 2014 was organized this time at Rourkela.