The Prime Minister, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee launched the telemedicine project on 3rd July, 2002 for the people of the A & N Islands where he dedicated to the nation the INSAT-3C at Delhi Earth Station of Department of Space, which has linked the G.B. Pant Hospital, Port Blair with Sri Ramachandra Medical College & Research Institute, Chennai. Simultaneously, at Port Blair, the Telemedicine Centre was inaugurated by the Lt. Governor, Shri N.N. Jha same day at a function organised at the G.B.Pant Hospital.
The Telemedicine facility enables the patient to directly interact with the Super Specialists without going to mainland thereby saving time and money. The facility is also extended to District Hospital Car Nicobar, and will be extended to CHCs and PHCs in a phased manner during the next few years.
Telemedicine system consists of customized medical software integrated with computer hardware, along with medical diagnostic instruments connected to the commercial VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) at each location