Herald: STEMI launched, will enable rapid diagnosis of heart disease

STEMI launched, will enable rapid diagnosis of heart disease

16 Dec 2018 06:51am IST

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16 Dec 2018 06:51am IST

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First of its kind in the whole country

PANJIM: Goa government on Saturday rolled out the STEMI Goa project, a statewide programme for advanced diagnosis and care coordination for heart attacks. 

The first of its kind in India, the project aims to enable rapid diagnosis of heart diseases in all government centres in Goa along with care coordination with a team of cardiologists at Goa Medical College. 

Health Minister Vishwajit Rane, on inaugurating the project, said the STEMI Goa project has been deployed at 12 critical peripheral centres or ‘spokes’ where patients are diagnosed using a cloud connected to an ECG machine. “The project uses the most modern technology to provide complete solution to one of the most difficult health care challenges, enabling rapid diagnosis and treatment to all patients in Goa,” he said. 

The team comprises physicians, medical officers, nurses, technicians and the ambulance teams from Valpoi, Mapusa, Chicaliim, Canacona, Curchorem, Ponda, Margao, Sanquelim, Dharbandora, Pernem, Panjim and Aldona have been trained to use the CardioNET. 

Besides, it is integrated with EMRI-GVK ambulance service to transport patients from peripheral centres to the cath labs at GMC. The advanced CardioNET mobile net is powered by Tricog Health Services Pvt Ltd from Bangalore.

Health Secretary J Ashok Kumar said that with the launch of STEMI project Goa is stepping into a major milestone as far as health facilities are concerned.

Dr Guruprasad Naik Medical Director, STEMI Goa Project briefed about the project and Dr Edward Dmello, senior physician informed that Coronary heart diseases, especially ST 

elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI or heart attack) are a leading cause of mortality globally and in India.

Among those present included Dr Rajnanada Dessai, OSD to Health Minister, Dr Pradip Naik, Dean of Goa Medical College, Dr Ida De Noronha de Ataide, Dean of Goa Dental College, Dr Shivanand Bandekar, Medical Superintendent, Dr Shirish Borkar, HOD of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Dr Charit Bhograj, CEO Tricog Health Services Dr Prathamesh Naik, President GARD, GMC, Ms Purthi Patkar, Operation Head EMRI, Dr Virendra Gaonkar Director Healthway and Dr Victor Albuquerque, Director Victor Hospital.

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