ISRO telemedicine nodes for soldiers in high-altitude areas

• In a major effort to improve emergency medical support to soldiers posted in high-altitude areas, especially Siachen, the Integrated Defence Staff of the Defence Ministry and the Indian Space Research Organization signed a memorandum of understanding to set up telemedicine nodes in critical places across the country.

• ISRO will establish 53 more nodes in the first phase over and above the existing 20, in various establishments of the Army, Navy and Air Force across the country.

• As part of this, in addition to a functioning node on the Siachen glacier, four more nodes are being established to enable medical consultations between soldiers deployed on the glacier and medical echelons in the rear.

• During winter months, many of the remote posts are cut off for several months because of adverse terrain and extreme weather, making emergency evacuation near impossible. Communication through satellite-enabled telemedicine nodes will be a paradigm shift in the delivery of lifesaving health care till the weather clears up and movement is possible.

• The joint initiative by ISRO and the Armed Forces Medical Services will transform the reach of telemedicine to soldiers, airmen and sailors in remote and isolated posts.

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