Narayana Hrudayalaya is a hospital in Bangalore, India, founded by a heart surgeon who trained in the NHS in 1980’s and is one of the largest cardiac hospitals in the world, performaing thousands of operations every year. Its primary target is to perform large numbers of heart operations leading to higher efficiencies and increased expertise, but it is also the biggest telemedicine centre in India, according to Mukti Jain Campion, who reports from India in Surgical Cuts, one of a series of programmes on BBC Radio 4 this week. The telemedicine facility allows doctors around India to send , for example, ECGs, over the internet for free diagnosis within 24 hours. Another example covered describes how anaesthetists at the hospital were trained in liver transplant procedures with doctors in US monitoring the patients in India during the operations using telemedicine facilities linked to the world’s leading liver transplant hospital.
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