Strengthening Efforts of Telemedicine among TEIN3 Communities

The two-day workshop aims:

  • To inspect the efforts relate to tele-medicine in the region
  • To explore the major hindrance for strengthening tele-medicine and e-health initiatives
  • To deploy the CanalAVIST for ensuring high quality video communication in the rural communities

Tele-medicine, an important component of e-health, is one of the most rewarding and promising achievements of the advances in information and communication technology. It has unfolded the possibility of narrowing the gap between developed and underdeveloped countries, between cities and villages and between the 'haves' and 'have nots'. Through making services available to the needy in remotest areas, telemedicine can reduce mortality, morbidity, expenses, psychological strains and can be a very useful tool for producing health for the people at large. In South Asia, various constraints have limited the practice of telemedicine to methods that rely on small bandwidth. Store-and-forward technique is still the most widely used method in e-health. Tele-medicine as understood in more developed countries is still far away. Real time video-conferencing between centrally located experts and health-workers in remote areas seem to be a relatively advanced practice in this context. All this has been important armamentarium in the fight for health. Obviously though, all this is still far from adequate in addressing health needs of people. High definition real time video-conferencing has become an urgent necessity.

TEIN3 communities are currently seeking the application that will strengthen the current efforts that had already initiated by the respective countries in their region focusing on tele-medicine. Bandwidth constraints were our major problems but after connecting with TEIN3 it has been resolved and the next question is appropriate application for the quality visual transmission as well as regional collaboration. CanalAVIST has been working on high definition video transmission as well as creating best learning environment for research and education communities.

The workshop will be organized in Kathmandu, Nepal during the TEIN3 Annual NOC Workshops in Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok. TEIN3 member countries, CanalAVIST members and all the interested research and education communities will remotely participate in the event. The newly connected TEIN3 members and some south Asian countries will share their knowledge and practical experience through the medium of CanalAVIST broadcasting facilities from their respected countries.

DANTE, through TEIN3 HRD Programme 2010 is supporting this Application Workshop.


Pra Mongkut Hospital, Bangkok
Bhutan Ministry of Health, Bhutan
Japan Kyushu University Hospital
Pakistan Pakistan Education and Research Network (PERN)
Philippines University of the Philippines (UP) - Manila National Telehealth Center
Sri Lanka Lanka Education and Research Network (LEARN)
Internet2 Washington, DC,1150 18th Street

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Draft Program:

DAY 1  (4th  August, 2010)

9:00 -  9:15

Welcome Remarks

Dr.Bhushan Raj Shrestha, Chairman, NREN

9:15 - 9:30

Conference Overview

Dr. Saroj Prasad Dhital, Director of Health Sciences, NREN

9:30 - 10:00





Secretary, Ministry of Health
Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology
Member, National Planning Commission

Dr Praveen Mishra
Dr. Ramhari Aryal
Dr. Chet Raj Pant, Member

10:10 -  10: 20

Introduction: NREN and  its Activities

Mr. Kishor Panth, Director

10:20 - 10:40

Tea Break


10:40 – 14:20

Learning from each other: Experience Sharing among TEIN3 Members


10:40 – 11:10
11:10 – 11:40
11:40 – 12:10
12:10  – 13:10
13:10 – 13:40
13:40 - 14:20

Sri Lanka
Lunch Break
Nepal - Government Initiatives
Non Government Initiatives



Dr. Mingmar Gyelzen Sherpa
Dr. Saroj Prasad Dhital

14:20 – 14:40

Coffee Break


14:40 -  15:40

Diagnosing and demonstrating the challenges: Interaction among  remote tele-medicine site of Nepal (Dolakha, Trishuli, Pharping, Makawanpur,  Nangi)


15:40 – 16:00

Internet2 and Telemedicine in the United States

Michael Sullivan, MD

16:00 - 16:30
Technological Advancement in Tele-medicine
Gaurab Raj Upadhh

16:30  0nwards

Closing of the First Day





DAY 2 (5th August, 2010)

10:00 - 10:15

Recap of previous day


10:15 - 10: 35

Tea Break


10:35 - 11:35

CanalAVIST: Application for Tele-medicine

Professor Kanchana Kanchanasut, Executive Director, CanalAVIST; Mr. Pujan Srivastava, CanalAVIST Technical Coordinator

11:35 – 12:35

Lunch Break


12:35 – 13:35

CanalAVIST: Experience from ASEAN countries

Esmond Esguerra, CanalAVIST

13:35 – 15:00

Demonstration of CanalAVIST in tele-consult for remote stations (Nepal and Thailand)

15:00 – 15:30

Challenges in reaching rural communities through CanalAVIST

CanalAVIST Team

15:30 – 16:00

Summary of the efforts and practices to strengthen tele-medicine initiatives in the region

Dr.Saroj Prasad Dhital

16:00 – 16:15

Summary of the workshop and  closing address

Dr.Bhushan Raj Shrestha

The time indicated is in Kathmandu, Nepal. Please check corresponding local time here.



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