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The Sankara Nethralaya Academy Conducted a session on Role of Information and Communications Technology in Healthcare On 15th November 2014

Information and Communications Technology in Healthcare

Mr.S. Sampath Kumar, CITO of Sankara Nethralaya delivering a lecture

The session started with a warm welcome note and the need for supervisory skills in professional managers by Shri A. Mahalingam, Assistant Registrar of the institution, he thanked the participants for the overwhelming response and confidence in the institution and wished them for a wonderful session.

The Sankara Nethralaya Academy organized a session on “ICT in Healthcare”, attended by Medical and Administrative personnel from various hospitals as part of its Weekend Course. The objective was to deliberate on typical questions raised in the context of deploying adequate technology in the modern healthcare delivery. Mr.S. Sampath Kumar, the Chief Information and Technology Officer, Sankara Nethralaya, conducted the session.

He emphasized that suitable technology adoption is a must and would ensure that medical care is affordable and at the same time there is no compromise in ensuring a quality delivery which results in the complete delight of the patient. Such technology adoption and implementation in terms of new state-of-the-art medical equipment is an integral part of medical delivery.

ICT technology enables storage and quick retrieval of patient data which is a prerequisite for effective treatment. It should go hand in hand with the fully integrated medical equipments, especially for larger healthcare institutions handling a huge number of patients; Sankara Nethralaya was among the early health care institutions to successfully automate the storage and retrieval of such critical patient data through the system of ‘Electronic Medical Records (EMR).

The session on ICT in Healthcare aims to share the experience of Sankara Nethralaya in continuously embracing and deploying modern technology as part of its strategy to achieve international standards in Quality Medical Delivery and ensure the highest level of patient satisfaction.  It addresses the challenges faced in the implementation of Electronic Medical Records, abbreviated as EMR and the solutions to the same and the challenge of maintaining a huge database of patients dating back to more than 30 years and retrieving the same when required, by implementing a user friendly storage/retrieval mechanism, a robust system which has stood the test of time and continues to serve its purpose long after its implementation, with ophthalmic institutions that may be facing similar issues in storing, retrieving and disseminating patient data.

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