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Tele-ophthalmology in Tripura
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Source: istockphoto
Source: istockphoto
The government of Tripura has implemented an ICT facilitated eye care service to extend the benefits of advanced medical science to its rural population.

The government of Tripura has utilised Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to overcome the acute shortage of eye care infrastructure and specialists in the state. Tripura Vision Centre combines the advances in medical science and ICT to connect the state's only public sector hospital, Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital to 40 blocks in rural Tripura through these vision centres.

The project has not only decentralised eye care in the state but also reduced the burden from secondary health care system. Majority of eye care patients suffering from refractive errors were treated in the Vision Centres itself. Only those with cataract surgical requirements are referred to secondary eye care service hospitals after video consultation from the Vision Centres. Tele-opthamology has improved the access and quality of service delivery by structurally integrating the primary, secondary and tertiary eye care in the state. Regular supervision of the service delivery and cross verification through MIS generated data enable accurate measurement of the quality and effectiveness of the programme.

One of the major highlights of the project has been its utilisation of infrastructure in the existing community information centres (CICs). All the Vision Centres are established in the CIC premises allowing usage of TSWAN connectivity along with bring in the much needed visibility.

The suceessful implementation of this project in Tripura has inspired the Planning Commission of India to incorporate the tele-ophthalmology programme in the 12th Five Year Plan of the country.

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