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IAF Command Hospital to launch telemedicine project

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To be linked to Air Force hospitals in far-flung areas


  • Project to be commissioned on October 8, Air Force Day
  • ISRO to provide connectivity and other infrastructure
  • 12 Air Force station hospitals to be connected to network in second phase
  • Over 200 delegates to attend ISAM conference

    BANGALORE: In a fillip to telemedicine, the Institute of Aerospace Medicine here will soon link the city's Air Force Command Hospital with four Air Force hospitals in far-flung areas to offer super-speciality services.

    Twelve more Air Force station hospitals will be connected to the network in the second phase of the institute's project, president of Indian Society of Aerospace Medicine (ISAM) Air Marshal Padma Bandopadhyay told presspersons here on Tuesday.

    In the next phase of the project, all the Air Force Stations will be connected to super-speciality hospitals, even those in the civilian sector, she said.

    The ISAM, she said, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), which provides connectivity and other infrastructure needed for the telemedicine system.

    The Command Hospital here will serve as the source base to provide the telemedicine services to Air force Hospitals at Bhuj, Gujarat; Jaisalmer, Rajasthan; Horhot in Assam and Helwara in Punjab.

    The telemedicine project would be commissioned on October 8, the Air Force Day, she said.

    Air Marshal Bandopadhyay said the institute has rendered aeromedical support to the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) project. She said the institute is working closely with the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) on the development of the Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT).

    ISAM conference

    Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Arun Prakash will inaugurate the 46th annual conference of the Indian Society of Aerospace Medicine (ISAM) here on Wednesday. Lined up for the conference are scientific sessions on Operational Aerospace Medicine; Human Factors, Performance and Aerospace Psychology; Human Engineering and Life Support; Human Engineering Evaluation and Flying Fitness; Medicine and Allied Fields; and Surgery and Allied Fields.

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