Conference on Advanced Echocardiography
at Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Prasanthigram
The Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Prasanthigram, is organizing a two-day conference on “Advanced Echocardiography” on the hospital premises on October 11-12, 2014. The programme is conducted by the Departments of Cardiology of SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram and SSSIHMS, Whitefield, in partnership with GE Healthcare, the healthcare arm of the General Electric. This conference is a part of a series on Echocardiography conferences which take place alternately between the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Prasanthigram and Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Whitefield. The conference was attended by Sri K. Chakravarthi, Trustee, Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, and South Regional Manager, General Electric, S. Anand.
The faculty members at the conference included Dr. R. Alagesan Former President of Indian Academy of Echocardiography, Dr. G. Vijayraghavan, Vice –chariman and founder director, Kerala Institute of Medical Sciences, Dr. P. K. Das, HoD Cardiology of SSSIHMS, Whitefield and Dr. Charit Bhograj, Chief of Cardiology , Bangalore Baptist Hospital.
The conference will review important advanced concepts for delegates wishing to step up their level of echocardiography practice. The focus of the conference remains on "Learning by doing." The sessions in the conference included “Role of 3D echo and echo contrast in contemporary practice”, “Myocardial mechanics, including 2D and 3D strain”, among others.
Speaking at the inauguration of the conference the Director of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Prasanthigram, Dr. Choudary D. Voleti said that it was Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s vision to provide medical treatment free of cost to all and the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Prasanthigram was a shining example of that. “When I came for the first time 20 years ago, even I did not believe that it was possible to provide medical care free of cost. But then when I went around the hospital I saw that the only department missing was the billing department” Dr. Voleti said. Dr. Voleti added that currently India had more billionaires than Japan and he had thought that they would open hospitals to provide free service to the people, but it had not happened that way, which was very sad. “There is always a way for one person to help the other in need and we are lacking that in our country, “ Dr. Voleti said.
The conference is being attended by around 60 delegates from across the country.