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National Teleconsultation Centre (CoNTeC)

Sun 29 Mar, 2020

Recently, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has inaugurated a 24x7 National COVID-19 Teleconsultation Centre (CoNTeC) at AIIMS in New Delhi, through which experts will share information and redress the queries of doctors from across the country on COVID-19. COVID 19 National Teleconsultation Centre is reachable from anywhere in the world.

Background

  • The government is working with states on health infrastructure preparedness and the focus is on having dedicated Covid-19 hospitals and blocks in every state.
  • Resources were also being mobilised from private medical establishments, and armed forces while the Railways has manufactured a prototype of an isolation ward for treating coronavirus patients by converting non-air-conditioned train coaches.

Major Highlights

  • It is a multi-modal telecommunications hub through which 2 way audio-video and text communications can be undertaken from any part of the country as well as the world at large.
  • The CoNTeC is also fully integrated with the National Medical College Network (NMCN) to conduct a full fledged Video Conference (VC) between the 50 Medical Colleges connected through the NMCN with its National Resource Centre located at SGPGI, Lucknow.
  • A single mobile number (+91 9115444155) can be dialled from anywhere in the coutnry/world by COVID-19 treating doctors to reach the CoNTeC which has six lines that can be used simultaneously at present.

Telemedicine

  • Telemedicine (also referred to as "telehealth" or "e-health") allows health care professionals to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients in remote locations using telecommunications technology.
  • Telemedicine allows patients in remote locations to access medical expertise quickly, efficiently and without travel.