SHILLONG, Sept 18: In order to explore possibilities of using tele evidence for doctors, a three-way video conference was held in Shillong on Saturday.
The three-way video conference initiated by the Director, NEIGRIHMS was held between Judges of Meghalaya High Court accompanied with Judicial Officers Meghalaya High Court, NEIGRIHMS and PGIMER, Chandigarh.
The team from PGIMER, Chandigarh was led by Prof. Meenu Singh, Nodal Officer Tele Medicine. The team from NEIGRIHMS was lead by Prof P Bhattacharyya, Director.
The theme of this video conference was to explore and establish the modalities for conducting tele evidence where doctors are summoned by the courts to depose in various court.
“It was recognized that doctors travel to various court both within and outside the State entail not only cost in term of travel, stay and put a strain on the doctors thus summon, but also deprive the patients of the services of the doctors for the duration that they are outside the hospital,” NEIGRIHMS authorities said.
During the symposium on tele evidence via video conference it was discussed for the need to make doctors and judicial officers familiar to work with the system and there was an assessment of its advantages and limitations.
The symposium also discussed ensuring that the evidence thus delivered is valid in court, identification and authentication of documents as evidence and scope of using training modules to make those involved-doctors and judicial more comfortable in this system.
Meanwhile, protocols are being planned and developed for conducting tele evidence very soon. Such tele evidence is being regularly conducted especially in respect of under trial prisoners who are in judicial custody.
Prof. Meenu Singh of PGIMER, Chandigarh discussed at length with how they are providing telemedicine services in Punjab for the past one year.
Many of the judicial officers also give their views and inputs and experiences that the systems which were warmly welcomed by the participants.