Leverage the affordance of AI-driven, state-of-the-art IOT and Cyber Physical Systems to create and deliver anytime, anywhere healthcare services that are accessible, affordable, citizen-centric, safe, secure, sustainable, timely, and cover the full spectrum of preventive, promotive, curative, emergency, ICU, palliative and rehabilitation services of allopathic and AYUSH doctors, to satisfy the unmet current and emerging needs of all healthcare stakeholders in the government, private sector, civil society.
Make Tele-Health the New Normal for affordable access to best-in-class universal healthcare in a connected and comprehensive healthcare ecosystem linking even the most remote rural populations to District, State, National and International Centres of Healthcare Excellence.
- To promote and encourage development, advancement and research in the science of telemedicine and it’s associated fields.
- To encourage and promote application of telemedicine technology in clinical care, education and research in the health sector.
- Fostering networking and collaboration among interest groups in telemedicine technology and professionals from different streams of science, health care providers, policy makers, NGOs and industry.
- To promote training of students, health professional, research fellows and technicians in various aspects of telemedicine. Also, to co-ordinate with academic institutions and Medical Council of India, AICTE, DOEACC and regulating agencies in developing curriculum for telemedicine training courses and incorporating appropriate modules in the Medical, Dental and Paramedical training programmes.
- To arrange regular scientific meetings, symposia, seminars and workshops.
- Spearheading the development of appropriate clinical and industry policies and standards.
- Disseminating knowledge in telemedicine field by publishing brochures, periodicals, and journals. Creating an exclusive web site for the society and regularly updating it with telemedicine news.
- To work in close collaboration with scientific organizations and the industry in development and implementation of innovative products & services related to tele health. Organizing trade exhibitions during annual meetings of the society.
During the National Conference on Telemedicine held in Lucknow in April 2001 the participants resolved to form a scientific society dedicated to Telemedicine awareness at national level and carry out annual scientific event pending a formal registration, thus the Telemedicine Society of India was born and all the participants signed a resolution to this effect and were made the founding members . The first annual conference of the society was held in Lucknow in the subsequent year and all the participants were inducted to the founding member group. In the following two years there were no scientific activity till March 2005 when an International Conference on Telemedicine (INTELMED 2005) was hosted by Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) at Bangalore. During this event a general body meeting was held among the founding members present to resolve to form an interim executive body to initially take the responsibility of steering the activities of the society till the formal registration of the society and election of executive is held thereafter. Unanimously the following interim group of executive was formed; Dr S. S. Badrinath, Chairman, Sankara Nethralaya (Founder President), Sri Bhaskaranarayana of ISRO (Vice President), Prof. Saroj Mishra (Secretary) and Prof. K. Ganapathy (Joint Secretary-cum-Treasurer). Members of the executive body was selected from among representative of various Ministries of Government supporting telemedicine activities (Department of Information Technology & Indian Space Research Organization), Defense Services, Academic Organizations playing active role in telemedicine (AIIMS, New Delhi & SGPGI, Lucknow) and Indian office of WHO. The society got formally registered in 2006 at Lucknow having its registered office at Telemedicine Center, Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences. Considerable progress has been made over last few years. The society had its First to thirteen Annual conferences at Lucknow(2002), New Delhi (2006), Chennai (2007), Chandigarh (2008), Pune(2009), Bhubaneswar(2010), Mumbai (2011) , Coimbatore(2012), Jaipur(2013), Bhopal (2014), Kolkata (2015), Bengaluru (2016) and Pune(2017) respectively. The Telemedicine Society of India, is now a reality. IsfTeH, the International Society for Telemedicine and e-Health, has now recognized TSI as the official national society representing Telemedicine activities in India.
President’s Message…Mid-term Musings
It is, indeed a great honour to be the President of Telemedicine Society of India (TSI). As the 13th President of TSI, it gives me immense pleasure to be sharing my thoughts with you all in the 20th year since inception of our beloved Society. The TSI is now a mature and well reputed society with a vision to provide delivery of health services to the underserved masses, both rural and urban, through the use of information technology.
We are facing a Global scourge that has threatened the very existence of entire humanity in the form of a Global Pandemic. The pandemic has forced everyone to distance themselves from each other and the entire healthcare infrastructure as we know it is has collapsed. However, the Covid pandemic has brought Telehealth technology to the fore-front and has established Telemedicine as the panacea for provision of quality healthcare to those deprived of it.
I cannot help but reflect upon the year gone by. It has indeed been a year that no one will forget in a hurry. As far as TSI is concerned, I wish to highlight two very important developments that have helped bring TSI on the fore-front. Firstly, the hurried and intense work on the Draft Telemedicine Practice Guidelines by a small group of dedicated and sincere TSI members with legal background at behest of the Chairman Board of Governors MCI and Member NITI Aayog and the subsequent issuance of the “Telemedicine Practice Guidelines” for RMPs on 25th March 2020. Secondly, the quick and successful response by a committed group of TSI members in forming the Training Team and conducting ‘Online Basic Orientation Course on Telemedicine Practice Guidelines’, training a large number of doctors (RMPs) by curating content equalling global standards, mostly working ‘pro bono’. It is heartening to know that almost 15 thousand doctors have been trained so far!
The melange of activities has left an indelible impression on my mind and possibly helped to shape my thoughts for the future. I wish to take this opportunity to share my thoughts with you all. As with all such endeavours, there is a great deal of subjectivity. Many of the thoughts and ideas are offshoots of observations over the past twenty years. If we attempt most, accomplish some and some others do not see the light of the day; I think we would have done our job of doing a sincere effort of getting our Society on an even keel. Getting the process started and making it a self-sustaining process is what we must ensure.
In our concerted effort to move forward as a society, there are a few housekeeping matters which require to be streamlined. A notable few being: highlighting the efforts of The Society through the website; manpower concerns within the society; financial avenues for sustaining the capacity building programs initiated by the society; partnering with other associations, industrial bodies as a matter of public outreach exercise; review of internal milieu and organisational restructuring. In order to achieve the foregoing, I request you all to consider the following:
Colonel (Dr) Ashvini Goel (Retd)
Colonel (Dr) Ashvini Goel (Retd)
Maj. Gen. (Dr.) Ashok Kumar Singh (Retd.)
Immediate Past President
Dr. Prasanta Kumar Pradhan
Dr. Meenu Singh
Chief Operating Officer
Dr. Murthy Remilla. L.N
Jt. Secretary cum Treasurer
Dr. S. Mohanty
D. Satheesh Kumar