About SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram

The Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Prasanthigram, is a 300-bed tertiary care hospital established by Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, which provides treatment to all the patients totally free of charges irrespective of caste, class, creed, gender, religion or nationality. Many find this unbelievable, but then they will have to believe us when we say that we do not have a billing section in the hospital. The hospital provides treatment in the specialties of Cardiology, Cardio Thoracic Vascular Surgery, Urology, Ophthalmology, Plastic Surgery and Gastroenterology (endoscopy). web: psg.sssihms.org.in Youtube: youtube.com/user/sssihmspsg

Statistics till March 31, 2017

The following are the statistics of the hospital from the inception to March 31, 2017

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Sairam

Statistics till March 31, 2017

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PhacoRet 2015: Phacoemulsification and its Retinal complications

The Department of Ophthalmology, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Prasanthigram, is organized a two-day conference on “Phacoemulsification and its Retinal Complications”.

Phacoemulsification refers to modern cataract surgery in which the eye’s cataract afflicted internal lens is broken into small pieces with an ultrasonic hand piece and taken out of the eye and a new artificial lens is put in its place. With this method the cut required to remove the lens and put the new lens is much smaller than ordinary cataract surgery and therefore the recovery is must faster.

The conference focussed on the process of phacoemulsification and complications arising due to the surgery for the Retina of the eye.

The conference covered entire spectrum in Phacoemulsification Surgery from the basic, “Step by Step of Phacoemulsification Surgery” to more advanced topics like “Advances in Phacoemulsification” and “Retinal Complications arising out of Phacoemulsification”.

The conference included live surgery demonstration by the surgeons of SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram.

Among the faculty members who are attending the conference are Dr. Arulmozhi Varman, Chairmen of Uma Eye Clinic, Chennai, Dr. N.S Muralidhar, Senior Consultant, Retina Institute of Karnataka, Bangalore, Dr. Vineet Ratra, Senior consultant, Sankar Nethralaya and Dr. Praveen Murthy, Consultant, Prabha Eye Clinic, Bangalore among others. Around 100 delegates from across India are attending the conference.

Speaking at the inauguration of the conference Trustee of the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, Sri. K. Chakravarthy, quoting Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba said that Bhagawan Baba would always talk about the unity among the 3Hs, the Hands, Head and the Heart and there could be no better profession than medicine where the three could be better cohered. “The most important thing that you would find at the SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram, Sri. Chakravarthy said, were the feelings, which were uniquely human. The main difference between persons who are working at SSSIHMS and outside will be the deep involvement with the patient’s progress, he said. Extending an open invitation to the delegates and faculty alike, Sri Chakravarthy said that they were welcome to spend time in the hospital to understand this attitude of service.

Director of SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram, Dr. Choudary Voleti spoke about the three dimensional aspect of healthcare. “During the initial days of my contact with Bhagawan Baba, Swami taught me a great lesson, Dr. Voleti said. “Swami taught me that apart from the physical body of the patient, doctors should also focus on the mental and spiritual aspects of the patients also, which are equally important. “Swami’s hospital is a unique example of this three dimensional healthcare, Dr. Voleti said. “Here advanced treatment is provided completely free, which keeps the patient completely free of worry about the cost of treatment and the care is provided with love and compassion,” he said.

The second day of the PhacoRet 2015, began with a symposium on “Retinal Complications of Phocoemulsification”. The endeavor of the symposium was to throw light on the best methods available for surgeons for patients with retinal complications after phacoemulsification. The second session of the day focused on prevention and treatment of infections of the eye.

At the end of the conference all the delegates and faculty members visited the Prasanthi Nilayam Ashram to participate in Bhajan and Darshan.

Cardiac Surgery Conference 2015: Surgical Spectrum of Mitral Valve Diseases

The department of Cardio Thoracic and Vascular Surgery of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Prasanthigram, organized a two-day Midterm Cardiac Continuing Medical Education (CME) programme under the aegis of the Indian Association of Cardio Vascular Thoracic Surgeons (IACTS).

The two-day programme being organized by SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram, covered a range of topics that were invaluable to the post-graduate trainees of Cardio Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.

The scientific sessions included case presentations and symposia of surgically challenging and technically demanding cases to help guide daily practice at junior and senior levels.

Around 120 post-graduate trainees and cardiac surgeons from across India are attending the conference. The faculty members include renowned cardiac surgeons like Dr. S. Rajan, the Secretary of IACTS, Dr. Valluvan Jeevanandam, Chief Cardiothoracic Surgeon, University of Chicago and Dr. Mohan Sarabu Chief Adult Cardiac Surgeon , Vassar Brothers Medical Centre, New York, USA among others.

Speaking at the inauguration of the programme, Dr. Choudary Voleti, Director of SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram, said that Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba started the hospital in 1991 to provide state-of- the-art care to all the patients completely free of charge. “Though we never calculate the monetary value of the service being provided at our hospital, but I can estimate that value of the service provided by the SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram in the past 24 years would easily come to around Rs.500 to Rs.600 crores. “All this just for the service to the society by Bhagawan Baba,” he said.

“If in Western countries such care is provided it would cost around a 1 billion dollars,” Dr. Voleti added.

Talking about the post-graduate training programme in Cardiac Surgery at SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram, Dr. Voleti mentioned that it was a unique programme, where cardiac surgery cases were evenly split 1/3rd being congenital surgeries, 1/3rd coronary surgeries and 1/3rd valve surgeries, which is not seen anywhere else,” Dr. Choudary added.

The topics discussed on the first day included, ‘Symposium on Mitral Valve Replacement’, ‘Case Presentations’, and ‘Symposium on Mitral Valve Repair’.

P.S. The videos of the conference have been uploaded on the SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram’s youtube channel: youtube.com/user/sssihmspsg

Human Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation

Sairam, with the Divine Grace of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba , the Sri Sathya Sai Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Prasnathigram in collaboration with the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Prasanthi Nilayam, became the first hospital in the country to perform an Autologous Chondrocyte Implanatation, where the chondrocyte cells were grown in the same hospital as the implantation was performed. The surgery was performed totally free of charge, as with all the treatment provided to patients at hospitals founded by Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

The case involved a 25-year-old male taxi driver from Hindupur with a severe cartilage defect, which was successfully treated by this procedure. A cartilage biopsy was taken by arthroscopic (key hole) surery on 22.6.2015 and from this biopsy about 8 million chondrocytes were cultured at the SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram’s laboratory, which were then implated back in the cartilage defect by another surgery on 19.8.2015.
The patient is on rehabiiltation and doing well without any pain or discomfort.

This procedure obivates hte need of a total joint replacement surgery.Cartilage defects in

knee joint is a common problem especially in young active patients, which leads to severe pain and joint dysfunction eventually progressing to osteoarthritis. In severe osteoarthirtis the usual treatment is a knee replacement surgery.

Midterm Cardiac CME “Surgical Spectrum for Mitral Valve Diseases”: 21st and 22nd Aug 2015: A Report

The department of Cardio Thoracic and Vascular Surgery of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Prasanthigram, is organized a two-day Midterm Cardiac Continuing Medical Education(CME) programme under the aegis of the Indian Association of Cardio Vascular Thoracic Surgeons (IACTS).
CME programmes consist of educational activities, which serve to maintain, develop and increase the knowledge, skills and professional performance of the physicians.
The two-day programme organized by SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram, covered a range of topics that were invaluable to the post-graduate trainees of Cardio Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.

The scientific sessions were as follows:

1. Symposium on the Basics of Mitral Valve
2. Symposium on Mitral Valve Replacement I
3. Symposium on Mitral Valve Replacement II
4. Symposium on Mitral Valve Repair (Congenital)
5. Symposium on Mitral Valve Repair (Adult)
6. Smposium on Channelges in Mitral Valve Surgery
7. Symposium on newer vistas in Mitral Valve Surgery

Around 120 post-graduate trainees and cardiac surgeons from across India attended the conference. The faculty members included renowned cardiac surgeons like Dr. S. Rajan, the Secretary of IACTS, Dr. Valluvan Jeevanandam, Chief Cardiothoracic Surgeon, University of Chicago and
Dr. Mohan Sarabu Chief Adult Cardiac Surgeon , Vassar Brothers Medical Centre, New York, USA among others.

Speaking at the inauguration of the programme, Dr. Choudary Voleti, Director of SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram, said that Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba started the hospital in 1991 to provide state-of- the-art care to all the patients completely free of charge. “Though we never calculate the monetary value of the service being provided at our hospital, but I can estimate that value of the service provided by the SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram in the past 24 years would easily come to around Rs.500 to Rs.600 crores. “All this just for the service to the society by Bhagawan Baba,” he said.

“If in Western countries such care is provided it would cost around a 1 billion dollars,” Dr. Voleti added.

Speaking about the conference faculty member Dr. Mohan Sarabu, Chief Adult Cardiac Surgeon, Vassar Brother Medical Centre, New York, the USA, said that the topics at the conference would help the delegates at the conference to widen the horizons of their knowledge of the subject. “The presentations were such that they encouraged discussion in the young professionals,” he said. Mentioning about Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s health care philosophy, he said that health was a basic human need and had to be provided to all completely free of charge. “While we have progressed economically and technologically, yet we have failed to be more human, Dr. Sarabu said. “But Bhagawan Baba has shown us the way not just by words but through His actions how we should benefit the humankind,” he added.

Talking about the conference Prof. James Thomas, HoD, Cardiac Surgery, from D.Y. Patil University and Hospital, Mumbai said that the content of the conference was of high quality and many techniques were discussed regarding the mitral valve surgery, which were beneficial to the students, he said. “The quality of presentation was of a high quality, and various aspects of the mitral valve surgery were discussed, which made the conference top notch,” he added. Speaking about the philosophy of totally free healthcare being provided by Bhagawan Baba, Dr. Thomas mentioned it was a unique concept. “Here patients can just come get all the treatment they require and walk out without ever bothering about the paying for the medical care,” he said.” “Because of this unique concept medical care can be accessed by poor people who have otherwise no access to medical care,” he added.

Delegates who attended the conference felt that the conference was enlightening. Dr. Chitralekha, a Cardiac Surgeon from SRM Hospital Chennai, said that many newer techniques of performing a Mitral Valve surgery were discussed at the conference. “I believe that the conference would benefit not just the students, but faculty also,” she said. “I hope the SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram, conducts such conferences every year, so that we could be a part of it” she said.

Sri Sathya Sai Health Care Information Technology Conference: Implementing IT to Enhance Quality of Patient Care March 7th and 8th , 2015.

The Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences is organizing a two-day the Sri Sathya Sai Healthcare Information Technology Practitioners Conference. The conference focuses on ways and means of implementing innovations in IT to enhance the quality of patient care.

The conference is being attended by around 120 delegates from across the country.

The topics covered in the conference range from “Impact of Information Technology on healthcare” to “Mobile Health and Innovations”. The conference also showcases the adoption of IT in healthcare delivery at the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences at Prasanthigram and Whitefield. Both hospitals had adopted IT in the areas pertaining to patient `care, streamlining workflow, resource optimization and enhancing clinical productivity and experience.

In his inaugural address to the audience, Director of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Prasanthigram, Dr. Choudary Voleti mentioned spoke about the evolution of Information Technology from 1960s onwards. “The flood gates opened for IT in the 1970s when computer became accessible to the common man. The second occasion this happened was in the 1980s when vendors started coming into the picture and later as all would know the internet revolutionized IT. But all this did not mean much for medicine, then it became patient centric,” he said. “Most of the doctors became more open to IT in healthcare because it became patient centric,” he added. “Now IT has become essential to running good medicine,” he said.

Trustee, Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, Sri. R.J. Rathnakar, while addressing the audience said that while we all know about IT as information technology, but Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba had spoken about IT as Internal Transformation, which was essential. “ It was this internal transformation of the people, which brought so many people to take part in the service activities initiated by Bhagawan Baba,” he said. “This beautiful hospital is an example of that”, he added. “When we talk about this hospital to people, they ask us whether it is really possible that a hospital like this could exist? It exists because of the internal transformation that Bhagawan Baba has brought about,” Sri Rathnakar said.

Secretary SSSCT, Sri Prasada Rao in his talk mentioned that many people had asked Bhagawabn Baba how long could SSSIHMS function, where everything is completely free. “Swami affirmed that the hospital would go on for thousands of years,” Sri Prasada Rao said. Talking about IT in healthcare he said that information should be used for transformation, only then information becomes beneficial. “ IT set up from the beginning at the SSSIHMS is patient centric. In our hospitals we do not use or expand our IT set up just for the sake of doing it rather to make sure that the patients get benefitted through IT,” he said. “ This conference will provide an opportunity to sensitise professionals attending the conference towards that end,” he added.

At the end of the first day the delegates and the faculty members attended the Bhajans and Darshan in the Sai Kulwanth hall.

DAY 2

The second day of the Sri Sathya Sai International Healthcare Information Techonology Pracititioners Conference began with an interesting topic on “Mobile Health and Innovations”. It was a video conference session with one faculty member, Dr. Sanjeev Bhavnani, a cardiologist with vast experience in mobile healthcare innovation joining the discussion from the USA.

The session discussed the opportunities presented by the mobile health devices and their impact in the healthcare field. According to Dr. Bhavnani the mobile healthcare devices like the smartphones have been able to take healthcare to the field level. “ In rural India there is around 80 per cent penetration of basic mobile phones, which can be leveraged to take healthcare to the point of care,” he said. Citing a study, he said that even simple text messages to patients reminding them of the precautions to be taken to reduce the risk of diabetes had reduced the onset of diabetes in such patients by around 35 per cent.

Joining in the discussion Dr. Srikanth Sola, cardiologist from Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Whitefield, Bengaluru mentioned that the main challenges facing the expansion of the mobile health devices was accuracy and also the legal provisions which govern the devices. Dr. Sola added that the key to having an efficient mobile health system was to train the local health practitioners so that they are able to screen and diagnose the patients accurately.

This session was followed by a presentation by Dr. S.P. Kalantri, Medical Superintendent of the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences(MGIMS), Sevagram, Maharastra, on IT implementation at MGIMS. During his presentation he mentioned how Dr. Sushila Nayar, former Health Minister of India and the founder of MGIMS had visited Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba and after taking His blessings had started the Sri Sathya Sai Accident and Emergency Unit in the hospital, named after Bhagawan Baba.

Mr. Prasad B, Global Vice President GENPACT in this talk, later in the day, mentioned that cloud computing in Information Technology had brought down the cost of the technology as well as made the systems more elastic. “ It is now easier to bring an idea into the market, he said. He also opined that for effective implementation of IT in a hospital setting, it is imperative for clinicians and IT engineers to sit together and collaborate to make the system work.

In his comments, Dr. Choudary Voleti, Director, SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram, said that at the root of implementation of Information Technology and healthcare scenario is economy. “We may have systems, which might be extremely advanced, but it is economy which decides whether a particular system could be implemented in a health care institution or not. Therefore, it is for each healthcare institution to decide, what technology is needed for their institution and how much benefit it would bring to the patients and how economically it could be implemented,” he said.

Commenting on the conference, Dr. S.P. Kalantri said that the visiting the hospital was a lifetime experience. “ The environment is calm and peaceful, and the hospitality is something I can never forget,” he said. Talking about the content of the conference Dr. Kalantri said that academically the conference was top notch, “something we seldom see when we attend conferences outside,” he said. Dr. Kalantri said he would definitely like to be a part of the any such conference in future.

Another faculty member, Dr. R. R. Sudhir from Shankar Nethralaya, Bangalore, said that the conference was well organized and was high of academic content. “What made the conference even more worthwhile was that it was held in a spiritual environment, “he added.

Dr. K .Nagamani from Gandhi Medical College, Hyderabad a delegate said that it was a novel experience for her to attend this conference. “ The hospital has a beautiful environment, which is conducive for academic knowledge sharing,” she said.

Ms. Rupel from Indian Institute of Health Management Research, Bangalore, a delegate at the conference, said that the conference was supreme in content and she it was a wonderful experience and said that she would love to come back to SSSIHMS to attend a conference.

Rethinking Solutions in Healthcare: Physical and Emotional Wellbeing

Dr. Meera Narasimhan, MD, DFAPA, Associate Provost Health,Sciences University of South Carolina, Professor and Chair, Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science in her talk at the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Prasanthigram spoke on the topic “Rethinking Solutions in Healthcare: Holistic Approaches in Physical and Emotional Well Being”

ABSTRACT:There is a bidirectional relationship between mental and physical health. Comorbid mental health and chronic physical conditions significantly impacts quality of life, results in increase in healthcare utilization and generates consequences to society.  The World Health Organization (WHO) defines: health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.   

Understanding the biological underpinnings of the mind and body is the first step in developing strategies to reduce the incidence of co-existing conditions. Prevention and treatment should include healthy lifestyle, nutritious food, somatic and psychotherapeutic modalities including spirituality, meditation, physical activity while fostering social inclusion and social support. This creates opportunities to enhance protective factors and reduce vulnerability factors and improve overall health.

Healthcare Information Technology Conference 2015

Implementing IT to Enhance the Quality of Patient Care

7th March,Saturday & 8th March,Sunday 2015

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With the Blessings of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Prasanthigram and Whitefield are organising the 2nd Health Care Information Technology (HCIT) Conference titled “Implementing IT to Enhance Quality of Patient Care” on March 7th-8th, 2015, at SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram. (For details and registration click the link here: http://psg.sssihms.org.in/pages/Academics/Events/hcit-2015/hcit-2015-home.html)

This two-day event aims at bringing together the primary end-users of an HCIT system namely healthcare practitioners, administrators and technologists to share their experience in the challenges of integrating IT into mainstream medical practice and the role of a successful implementation in quality healthcare delivery.

Highlights of the conference include:

  • Reputed national and international speakers.
  • An end-user perspective on HCIT experiences with a focus on medical professionals.
  • An interactive session in the form of group discussions to present solutions/ recommendations for Challenges in the Healthcare IT Scenarios. This is to encourage maximum participation and networking among delegates.

For more details and registration click on: http://psg.sssihms.org.in/pages/Academics/Events/hcit-2015/hcit-2015-home.html

Statistics of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Prasanthigram

By the end of 2014 the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Prasanthigram has performed 26,94,161 patient consultations and 2,39,627 surgeries and procedures. The detailed statistics have been given as under

Statistics till December 31, 2014-page-001

Statistics till December 31, 2014