NATIONAL TELECONSULTATION CENTRE (CoNTeC)

NATIONAL TELECONSULTATION CENTRE (CoNTeC)


National Teleconsultation Centre (CoNTeC) has been launched by Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan.


NATIONAL TELECONSULTATION CENTRE (CoNTeC); CURRENT AFFAIRS 29TH MARCH 2020
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    WHAT IS IT?


    The project CoNTeC, an acronym for COVID-19 National Teleconsultation Centre, has been conceptualized by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and has been implemented by the All India Institute of Medical SciencesNew Delhi. It has been made operational at AIIMS with a view to connect the doctors across the country to AIIMS in real time for treatment of the COVID-19 patients


    The CoNTeC is basically a Telemedicine Hub which has been established by AIIMSNew Delhi, wherein expert doctors from various clinical domains will be available 24×7 to answer the multi-faceted questions from specialists from all over the country. It is a multi-modal telecommunications hub through which 2 way audio-video and text communications can be undertaken from any part of the country as well as the world at large. 


    The modes of communication will include simple mobile telephony as well as two way video communications, using WhatsAppSkype and Google Duo.


    WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THIS PORTAL?

    India is a vast country and technology can play a pivotal role for the medical assistance to reach the poor. The poor patients in the country should not be deprived of the quality treatment in any circumstances. With the present facility, the poor would be able to get benefit of consultation form the topmost doctors of the country.


    The Telemedicine Guidelines which have also been notified by the Government of India and with the help of digital platform and technology, the public at large will get the benefit not only for COVID- 19 but other diseases also.


    The CoNTeC is also fully integrated with the National Medical College Network (NMCN) to conduct a full fledged Video Conference (VC) between the 50 Medical Colleges connected through the NMCN with its National Resource Centre located at SGPGI, Lucknow.


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    HOW TO CONNECT WITH THE PORTAL?



    A single mobile number (+91 9115444155) can be dialled from anywhere in the coutnry/world by COVID-19 treating doctors to reach the CoNTeC which has six lines that can be used simultaneously at present. This number of lines can be increased in future if needed. 


    The incoming calls will be picked up by the CoNTeC Managers, who will then handover the call to the appropriate expert doctors from the clinical domains as desired by the calling specialists managing the COVID-19 cases anywhere in the country.


    The Managers will guide the callers in establishing a two way video call using the WhatsAppSkype or Google Duo as preferred by the caller. The callers from the NMCN network can connect anytime using the Telemedicine infrastructure at their end.


    The patient management advice offered will be standardized as per the national guidelines supplemented protocols developed by the team at AIIMS, nominated by the Director, AIIMS.


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