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Telemedicine programme to provide access to lifesaving treatments

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Pilot project in District General Hospital, Horana :
Enables video appointments between patient, healthcare practitioner :

The Health Ministry has introduced a telemedicine programme to provide quick access to lifesaving treatments.

This programme started as a pilot project in District General Hospital, Horana recently.

The Health Ministry has taken measures to implement a number of programmes to empower the primary healthcare system.

Telemedicine, which enables video appointments between a patient and their healthcare practitioner, benefits both health and convenience.

Accordingly, the Tele-medicine Programme (Video Technology) is implemented using modern technology in the primary care emergency treatment units of the primary hospitals to reduce the risk of life by giving the necessary basic treatment before referring the patients who are in serious condition for emergency treatment to hospitals with more facilities.

Through this project medical advice could be taken through video technology during the first hour (Golden Hour) when the patient’s life is at risk. It would be helpful for proper diagnosis and also to provide necessary medicines and other medical instructions to reduce the risk of the patient’s life.

Here it is special that the specialist doctors get the ability to examine the patient through video technology, i.e. through visual media, and earlier this was done only through audio media.

The Health Ministry is also working to implement this new programme as a project in the primary hospital service, and an emergency number related to this service (070 500 0 450) has also been introduced.

The District Health Service authorities of Kalutara district, the hospital authority and the health staff including specialists, doctors and nurses were informed about the project named as ‘Safe City’ and about the ‘Telemedicine’ project. It was led by Dr. Isuru Gayan, emergency treatment specialist at Horana District General Hospital.

Deputy Director General (Medical Services I) of the Health Ministry Dr. Lal Panapitiya, Director (Primary Care Services) Dr. Samantha Ranasinghe, Colombo District Health Services Director Dr. Chandana Gajanayake, Kalutara Divisional Health Services Director Dr. Sumal Nandasena, Horana District General Hospital Director Dr. Ayanthi Jayawardena, Deputy Director Dr. Hemantha Thushara, district health service authorities of Kalutara district, specialist doctors, doctors, nurses and other medical staff were present.

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