Tripura Vision Centres
Country of Operation
- Aravind Eye Care SystemNot-for-profit
- The Department of Health and Family WelfareGovernment
- Government of TripuraGovernment
Target income level
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
SummaryIn 2007, The Department of Health and Family Welfare and the Government of Tripura initiated the Tripura Vision Centre - a tele-ophthalmology project that utilises information and communication technologies (ICT) to facilitate quality eye care to people residing in rural locations.
To overcome the acute shortage of eye care infrastructure and specialists in the state.
Key program components
The project has trained paramedical ophthalmic assistants located at each of the 40 Vision Centre (VC) in the state – one for each block. All the VCs are established on the premises of Community Information Centres (CICs), set up under National e-Governance Plan (NeGP). Establishing VCs adjacent to CICs served the purpose of leveraging existing infrastructure and the Tripura State Wide Area Network (TSWAN) connectivity, along with attracting locals who visit CICs for a host of citizen centric services provided. The VCs are connected to the Indira Gandhi Memorial (IGM) Hospital in the state capital Agartala from where the ophthalmologists tele-consult the patients. Ophthalmic assistants at the VC screen the patients and enter information in the database. The assistants also capture the images of the eye which are uploaded to the database along with the patient’s history. With the help of TSWAN, relevant information is transferred to the referral centre, where the images are diagnosed and the modality of treatment is prescribed. This service is available to the rural poor free of cost. Only patients requiring tertiary or secondary care support are required to visit the hospital, thus saving tangible amount of time and money for the patient. The successful implementation of the tele-opthalmic project in Tripura is reflected in the number of patients being screened during the period April 2007- July 2011 - 128,200.