LIVE TWO WAY INTERNET BASED INTERACTIVE VIDEOCONFERENCE FOR PATIENT
EDUCATION FIRST TIME IN THE WORLD- "GLOBAL DIABETES ONLINE-2003"
INDO-US HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAM ON FRIDAY JULY 4TH 2003 5PM IST,
A LIVE INTERACTIVE INTERNET BASED VIDEOCONFERENCE TOOK PLACE IN
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, KERALA, SOUTH INDIA. PATIENTS AND RELATIVES
WERE ABLE TO INTERACT WITH LEADING DIABETES EXPERTS FROM USA. ORGANISED
BY INDIAN INSTITUTE OF DIABETES AND ALL KERALA DIABETES PATIENTS
On July 4, 2003 India and USA, witnessed an online three hours,
health education programme , first of its kind in the world.
World experts on diabetes at a developed nation
(Rochester, Minnesota, USA) spoke to diabetes patients in Trivandrum,
Kerala, South, India in an online video conferencing event. The event
was conducted just for health education of the masses on a 100%
This programme is a perfect example of how an intercontinental
event can be organised with minimal resources in a developing nation
and how to facilitate the health care requirements utilising the
expertise of a developed nation like USA. The advises and comments
from world experts were received by patients in India whole heartedly
with due respect and regard.
Expensive facilities like ISDN/ satellite services
were not used. A high speed (1.4Mbps) cable internet (charter in
USA and Asianet in India) connection were used at either ends. Yahoo
messenger served as the free ware for 3 hour trouble free, crystal
clear , broadcast of both audio and video . Apart from ordinary
web cams, Sony DCR TRV 19 handy camera was used in USA for web casting
of 10 minutes of a recorded video** to India in between the programme.
The time at Rochester was 6.45 am and in India
5.15 pm. The Health Minister of Kerala P.Sankaran, inaugurated the
event which was seen and heard in Rochester live.
The event was organised by Indian Institute of
Diabetes (IID) and All Kerala Diabetes Patients Association (AKDPA).
India has the maximum number of diabetes patients now in the world.
In India the southern state of Kerala, tops the list. Kerala is
unique in the country to have 100% literacy and longest longevity of
up to 74 years. Diabetes and its complications have become a major
concern in this part of the country.
Health education is the key for the success in the
treatment of diabetes, since patient himself should be made aware
of the advantages of self monitoring and regular modification of
Rajmohan, (President, AKDPA and CMD Hindusthan
Latex), Dr.Ekbal (Kerala University-Vice Chancellor),
Dr.Rajasekharan Nair (Neurologist),Radhakrishnan Nair IPS (Asianet)
were at India on the dias. Dr.MV Pillai world renowned Physician
from India working in USA participated in the inaugural ceremony
on line from USA.
More than 120 patients with diabetes took part
in India. Of these more than 20 patients got an opportunity to directly
ask questions to experts in USA and listen to them.
They asked several questions to Endocrinologists
in USA. Translations to local language Malayalam was done by
coordinator in USA, as and
The whole event was made possible by two doctors
in India who are also computer wizards. Dr.Jothydev Kesavadev, MD
(IID) and Dr.Sameer, MBBS (mednet Kerala). Dr.Jothydev is now in
USA at Mayo Clinic, Rochester and he coordinated the event from
The experts in the panel in USA include:
1. Dr.Robert Rizza,
MD** (Vice-President American Diabetes Association,
and Consultant Mayo Clinic, USA),
2. Dr.Steven Smith, MD
(Consultant in Endocrinology, Mayo Clinic and Chair Council on Clinical
Endocrinology, Health Care Delivery & Public Health,American
Diabetes Association )
3. Dr.Sreekumaran Nair **
(Chair- World India Diabetes Foundation, Consultant in Endocrinology and Director-GCRC,
3. Dr.Yogish Kudva
(Consultant in Endocrinology, Mayo Clinic and Assistant Professor
of Medicine - Mayo Medical School )
4. Dr.Laura Greenlund,
Endocrinology Fellow, Mayo Clinic
5. Laura Odel (Pharmacist
in charge of ambulatory care and diabetes patient education at Mayo)
6. Jothydev Kesavadev
, Endocrinology Fellow, Mayo Clinic
(co ordinator of this on line
programme and IID official in USA)
Dr.Sameer and Jose Francis coordinated the event
It is foreseen that this effective and inexpensive online patient
health education program will evolve as a model in future for meaningful
communication between patients and doctors across the globe.