Healthcare information technology aspects of disaster management: based on the post tsunami experience
Gogia, Shashi B. and Surwade, M. R. (2005) Healthcare information technology aspects of disaster management: based on the post tsunami experience. In: Global Convention & Expo on Telemedicine & e-Health, 17-22 Aug 2006, New Delhi, India.
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S.A.T.H.I. has been involved in implementing the Healing Touch Project which has been sponsored by OXFAM Trust India. This Project was started after the Tsunami disaster in Tamilnadu to bring the fruits of Telemedicine, a new thrust technology in Healthcare Informatics to the victims. Being a new field, more than expected problems were faced. However despite a delayed start (in May, 2005), the project has managed to provide mental health support to the victims while they were at home. This pilot project can show the way forward to extending the fruits of technology in post Disaster Management. For that to occur, this technology should be more widely based, awareness should be present, it should be existing and available for immediate use as and when disasters occur.
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