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Continuing Medical Education (CME) on ISRO’s Telemedicine network

Indian space programme has multi dimensions, providing poignant infrastructure for inhabitant growth in a critical areas like tele-communication, radio broadcasting, and meteorological observations and generating timely and accurate information on healthy resources management. More recently, it has brought in Medical-Educationinsubordinate swell in preparation and open health domain.  Today, a fruits of space investigate are reaching a common male and society, touching their daily life, be it a fisherman, a farmer, a student, a studious from a remote area, an administrator, a process builder or a chairman struck in a healthy disaster.

In new years, ISRO has undertaken critical applications programmes for governmental benefits; one such instance is being Telemedicine.

The telemedicine network of ISRO began in 2001 with a prophesy to extend technological support to yield peculiarity medical services to needy patients opposite a country. In this pursuit, ISRO had supposing dedicated satellite bandwidth, state-of-art satellite communication equipment, telemedicine hardware and program to several hospitals/medical colleges. The network is satellite based, with an executive heart of a network located in Bangalore.

The one-to-many Continuing Medical Education (CME) trickery was introduced in a Telemedicine network by incorporating TrainNet, a Learning Management System (LMS). The TrainNet server is commissioned during a Telemedicine hub, Bangalore. The Teacher Component of TrainNet has a capability to broach a live audio/video of a presenter and energy indicates display to all a receiving nodes. The harangue imagining from one node can be perceived by all a nodes that have Student Component of TrainNet. Besides, a harangue imagining node can have live audio-video communication with remote tyro nodes that is re-transmitted on a network, so formulating a ‘Virtual Classroom’.

This trickery wills assistance hospitals and medical institutions to share their practice and best practices with any other. As this is a satellite formed network, any node on a network can be a harangue imagining node after designation of Teacher Component.

CME event is conducted from Development and Educational Communication Unit (DECU) -ISRO, by mouth-watering Ahmadabad formed dilettante doctors to DECU studio. Started in Nov 2014, around 2300 doctors/medical professionals from several hospitals and medical institutes have participated in a final 7 CME sessions. Live audio-video communication was finished between dilettante doctors in studio and participants during remote locations. Around 130 questions were asked by several hospitals and medical colleges; in addition, medical cases were also discussed during a 7 CME sessions.

With this CME initiative, ISRO’s Telemedicine programme has serve makeshift to advantage medical practitioners/doctors and is enhancing a application of a network in use of society.

The eighth event of CME was conducted on May 26, 2015 from DECU, Ahmadabad Studio on “Dermatology in day to day practice” by Dr. Bela J. Shah. The harangue was good perceived by some-more than 200 participants from 35 nodes, following that there was a cultivatable interactive session.

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