Siliguri: Meenakshi Mission Hospital of Madurai (Tamil Nadu) opened the country’s first Teladoc Telemedicine Consultation Clinic at Hill Cart Road, Siliguri. The Clinic was inaugurated by ‘Bangaratna’ and ‘Bishishta Chikitasha Samman’ recipient Dr. P. D. Bhutia.
The Clinic is equipped with Teladoc, considered the world’s most advanced telemedicine platform, which is currently being used by 6 of the 10 best hospitals in the world. Meenakshi Mission Hospital in Madurai is the first and the only hospital using this technology in the country.
The Clinic will allow patients in Siliguri to consult directly with best doctors from 45 different medical specialties of Meenakshi Mission Hospital in Madurai for diagnosis and consultation. After consulting with the doctor via Teladoc and basis the diagnosis, patients can visit the Hospital to receive specialized treatment and surgeries.
Dr. S Gurushankar, Chairman, Meenakshi Mission Hospital & Research Center, Madurai said, “Such advanced teleconsultation clinic was much needed in Siliguri. Every year, many patients from West Bengal come to our hospital for treatment. This facility brings us closer to people in the state looking for high-quality medical care at affordable cost.”
Dr. S Gurushankar, said, “We are the only hospital in India to set up a telemedicine centre based entirely on Teladoc. We are now setting up exclusive telemedicine centers in select locations across the country, from where patients can connect with experts from various specialties at our hospital.”
Powered by the Internet of Things, Teladoc enables specialists of Meenakshi Mission Hospital to provide out-patient consultations; check the vital health parameters of patients in real time and carry out clinical examinations.
The health records of patients are stored on the platform for easy retrieval by specialists. The technology can process patient data to help doctors arrive at better clinical decisions. The cameras and display monitors connected to the Teladoc platform make patient-doctor interactions very effective. Six specialists can come together remotely at the same time to diagnose and consult a patient.
The Teladoc telemedicine department at Meenakshi Mission Hospital is now taking the technology from episodic, acute care to ongoing monitoring of chronic conditions, wellness, and prevention.
The hospital, established in 1985, is one of South India’s biggest healthcare institutions with 1,000 beds, and a pioneer in telemedicine in India.