Kohima, Jan. 6, 2023: In a major boost to the healthcare system, Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Friday launched 10-bed ICU wards and across 12 districts during a program held at Capital Cultural Center, Kohima. During the conference a Tele-ICU Hub was also launched at Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK). This move is considered a major boost in the state towards improving the overall healthcare system. Google Cloud software is used to connect Tele Hub at NHAK and District Hospitals. Google offered its software to Nagaland for free for one year.
This is another major offering from Google Cloud services in the healthcare industry. These days Internet and Cloud computing is being used across the world to provide high class healthcare solutions to the patients.
With this launch of new Cloud based healthcare services, 12 district hospitals receiving 10-bed ICU facility includes: NHAK; district hospitals in Dimapur, Noklak, Tuensang, Phek, Peren, Kiphire, and Longleng; District Civil Hospital, Mon; Dr. Motsuo Memorial District Hospital Wokha; Dr. Imkongliba Memorial District Hospital, Mokokchung; and Hezukhu Memorial District Hospital, Zunheboto. Patients in these districts will be benefited and doctors from a central location will be able to provide their services.
According to the official statement four new districts will also get a similar facility. During the programme at Capital Cultural Centre in Kohima, Rio said that there is potential to transform the critical healthcare services at government hospitals in the state. Such service will provide best healthcare near to the patients even in the remote districts.
Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio also pointed out that being a frontier border with Myanmar, Nagaland is facing challenges in extending critical healthcare in remote areas. Due to insufficient specialist doctors and infrastructural deficiencies it is difficult to make ICU in district hospitals other than NHAK.
Running an ICU is very technical and requires manpower and experienced doctors, So, in such situations remote healthcare systems work well. The Tele-ICU Hub at NHAK will now be able to monitor and provide critical care services remotely using technology such as Cloud and high-speed internet networks. CM urges the doctors and nurses to use the newly created facility to better service patients.
The Chief Minister said that MoU was signed with the eGov Foundation, Nirmaan Organisation, and Karuna Trust on 31st May 2021. This project was initiated during the second wave of COVID-19 and now it is finished in a 1 year time period. He further added that such facilities are difficult to make ICU facilities operational in District Hospitals other than at Naga Hospital Authority Kohima, and this project will address the shortage of specialists through the Tele-ICU Hub at NHAK.
Neiphiu Rio appreciated Nandan Nilekani and Srikanth Nadhamuni for their constant support, and Vinod Khosla for funding the 10-Bed ICU project and Tele ICU Hub. The Chief minister further sought their support for development, attracting investments and promoting entrepreneurship in the state.
During the occasion, Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom assured the consistent availability and connectivity through high-speed internet to the district hospitals. This enables the specialists at NHAK to provide services to patients in other remote places through the tele-ICU facility. The Health Minister also requested eGovernment Foundation and other donors to boost the health infrastructure by setting up more ICU facilities in the districts of Chumukedima, Niuland, Shamator and Tseminyu.
Chairman of 10-Bed ICU Organisation, Srikanth Nadhamuni, said that Nagaland became the first state to launch 10-bed ICU wards in every district hospital in less than a year. He further added that the world class equipment, technologies and machineries are used. He is expecting the launch of such services in remaining states with the support of Nagaland government.
Tele-ICU Hub setup details
All the ICU units installed at 12 districts are connected with the use of high quality Tele-ICU equipment to the Tele-ICU Hub at NHAK via cloud software provided by Google. Google is offering software and Cloud resources to Nagaland for free for a year. This setup will enable medical staff in district hospitals to get real-time medical advice and consultation from specialists in NHAK. ICU data will be provided to the doctors panel at NHAK, which will help experts at NHAK to monitor patients in real-time and provide medical advice to the staff in remote locations.
In this setup Google Cloud computing bases system is used to connect the ICU at a remote location to the monitoring unit at NHAK. In this setup hi-resolution cameras, 5-para-monitor integration at the tele-ICU and 4k TV monitors at the Tele-ICU Hub is used.
The HDFC Bank supported the 10-bed ICU facility in Dimapur.
Such healthcare facilities will be very useful in India where there is a shortage of highly experienced healthcare professionals. In 2023 and beyond it will be good if all State Governments and Central Government work together to provide world class health infrastructure to the people of India.
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