Kerala State Government has launched the Tele Health and Medical Education (TH & ME) project in Medical College Hospital (MCH). The joint venture of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and State Government had launched TH and ME project on March 16, 2007.
ISRO Chairman G. Madhavan Nair had inaugurated the computerisation project of MCH. C-DAC has prepared the official website of MCH. The telemedicine project will link 23 sites within the State, including six medical colleges, district hospitals, the Regional Cancer Centre and its nodal centres, the Sree Chitra Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology and a community health centre in the remote tribal area of Attappady. The project will offer better medical options through tele-consultation services to people in far-flung districts. The project will also offer medical education programmes and major surgeries through satellite network, so that doctors working in rural areas and peripheral hospitals can update themselves. ISRO already has a satellite-based telemedicine network, named ISRO NET, which links 17 Super Speciality hospitals in the country to 48 remote or district hospitals. The TH & ME project of Kerala will become part of this network. The telemedicine network of Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS) in Kochi with Lakshadweep is also part of the ISRO NET.