National Task Force on Telemedicine by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and its terms of references

In September 2005, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoH&FW), Government of India has taken initiative to constitute National Task Force on telemedicine under the chairmanship of Secretary, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, incorporating members from various concerned ministries of union government e.g. Health, Communication & Information Technology and Space; technical agencies e.g. Indian Space Research Organization, Indian Council of Medical Research, Medical Council of India, Center for Development of Advanced Computing; academic medical institutions and corporate hospitals practicing telemedicine actively.


Terms of References (TORs) of the task force were defined as following :



  • To work on inter-operability, standards for data transmission, software, hardware, training etc.
  • To define a national telemedicine grid and consider its standards and operational aspects.
  • To identify all players and projects currently involved in telemedicine in India and evaluate their performance, capacity and replicability.
  • To prepare pilot projects for connection of super specialty hospitals/ medical colleges with district hospitals and/or Community Health Centers / Primary Health Centers especially keeping in mind to provide access to remote areas.
  • To prepare national cancer telemedicine network.
  • To enable telemedicine centers in teaching institutions to impart training to all government medical/ dental/nursing colleges in three years time.
  • To prepare curriculum and projects for CMEs through telemedicine.
  • To draft a national policy on “telemedicine and telemedical education” and to prepare a central scheme for the 11th Five Year Plan.
  • To define standards and structures of electronic medical records and patient data base which could be accessed on a national telemedicine grid.
  • To examine possibilities of utilization of stand alone centers of department of communication in rural areas.
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To define standards and structures of electronic medical records and patient data base which could be accessed on a national telemedicine grid. To enable telemedicine centers in teaching institutions to impart training to all government medical/ dental/nursing colleges in three years time. To prepare curriculum and projects for CMEs through telemedicine. To draft a national policy on “telemedicine and telemedical education” and to prepare a central scheme for the 11th Five Year Plan.