National Informatics Centre's services for medical and health professionals in India
Dash, S.S. and Pandita, Naina (2004) National Informatics Centre's services for medical and health professionals in India. In: Asia Pacific Telemedicine Conference, 25th – 26th Feb 2004, New Delhi, India.
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National Informatics Centre (NIC), set up in 1977, was the first premier government organization to introduce IT in India. With centres all across the length and breadth of the country, NIC’s satellite based computer communication network, NICNET, is connecting the common man. Set up in 1988, NICNET is one of the largest VSAT based networks with over 1400 VSATs installed. In 1986, NIC in collaboration with Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) set up the ICMR-NIC Centre for Biomedical Information. Recognized as the 17th International MEDLARS Centre or Indian MEDLARS Centre (IMC), this Centre has strived to meet the ever-increasing information needs of medical professionals in the country. IMC’s website, http://indmed.nic.in serves as a portal to health information available over the Net. This site has received several awards for design and content and is ranked the top Indian health site by Google. IMC has also designed and developed three indigenous free access databases, IndMED (http://indmed.nic.in), medIND (http://medind.nic.in) and Union Catalogue of Biomedical Periodicals (http://uncat.nic.in). NIC’s Community Information Centres (CICs) have been set up to provide citizen centric services to the people in the remote areas of the North East and Sikkim. One such service is the Distance Education Programmes for the medical community, which includes lectures by specialists followed by question-answer sessions. Using Video Conference facility, NIC has been able to provide a value added service for the professionals in these areas. More recently, NIC has collaborated with SGPGI, Lucknow and used the expertise of the specialists to make these programmes successful.
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