Medical experts to converge on Delhi for eHealth meet

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New Delhi, July 15 (UNI) About 150 eminent medical experts from across the country will take part in a three-day meet on role of Information Communication Technologies (ICT) in health 'eHEALTH India 2008' to be held here from July 29.

The event will help in bringing eminent persons from among healthcare service providers, policy makers and technology developers to explore cutting-edge solutions and best practices in healthcare management, patient care delivery, medical informatics, clinical systems and diagnostics, said Ravi Gupta, Convener, eHEALTH India.

''eHealth has become a priority health agenda with decision-makers trying to develop patient-centred healthcare while making best use of resources. eHealth, in this context, appears to be a promising tool to empower patients while at the same time freeing up scarce resources,'' he said.

Indeed, with home-based monitoring alone, hospital admission rates have been reduced by 21 per cent and mortality by 20 per cent in European countries.

He said eHealth can also help in reducing the number of hospital visits needed to monitor a patient's condition. Telemonitoring and telenursing make the monitoring of the treatment of patients easier, giving patients more flexibility and autonomy while safeguarding quality healthcare.

The event is an integral part of the '*eINDIA 2008*' ICT mega-event, jointly organised by the Centre for Science, Development and Media Studies (CSDMS) and Elets Technomedia, in association with Department of Information Technology, Government of India and UNGAID, along with a number of national and international agencies and industry players.

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