New Delhi: State-run energy giant Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (ONGC) has launched a pilot telemedicine project — Sagar Space Chikitsa — from its SLQ platform at Mumbai offshore to the Mumbai-based Lilavati Hospital, to provide critical healthcare to over 2,500 personnel stationed at 24 rigs and production platforms.
”This quick response to medical emergencies will ensure timely medical intervention, thereby improving the recovery process. Employee morale will be bolstered,” said N.K. Mitra, director (offshore), ONGC, while launching the network in Mumbai.
The pilot project will be operational for three months after which it will be rolled out at all installations having living accommodation at ONGC Mumbai offshore, he added.
”The system provides medical information and consultation in different medical fields like cardiology, orthopedics and surgical. This system in offshore locations is simple and requires very low maintenance,” said Dilip Das, New Delhi-based deputy general manager, corporate communications, ONGC, in a telephonic conversation with this correspondent.
The Sagar Space Chikitsa would link and equip the remote offshore locations and super specialty hospitals through a server-browser based telemedicine system. The solution would allow medical data to be streamed from remote locations like Mumbai Offshore to specialists in real time to make an accurate diagnosis and necessary follow-ups immediate. The same data is simultaneously stored in a centralized server for later review and reporting, said an ONGC release.
Telemedicine could involve a simple telephonic discussion between two health professionals over a case or can be a complicated procedure using satellite technology and video-conferencing to conduct a real-time consultation between medical specialists in different corners of the world.