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The promise of eHealth for rural India

The promise of eHealth for rural India | Healthcare in India | Scoop.it

As a scientist at the New Delhi-based Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), Dr. Anurag Agrawal often ponders the links between genes and lung disease. Could there be a connection between height, weight and a propensity to develop asthma? How might diet affect chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

 

In the winter of 2013, he started thinking: What if there was a way to use shipping containers to collect and mine people’s health records, thereby gaining insights into disease to provide treatment?

 

One such container eventually made its way to a village in Uttar Pradesh. Here, villagers could gain access to a paramedic, deposit blood samples and have a qualified doctor advise them by monitor. They could submit a cardiogram, have a doctor look at it within days and, if necessary, sound an alert.

 

The IGIB is one of 39 state-funded Council for Scientific and Industrial Research laboratories. As a government establishment, it had limited scope to expand. But five years ago, IGIB partnered with Narayana Health (NH), a renowned Indian multi-specialty hospital chain, and the American IT giant Hewlett-Packard, to install more than 40 such ‘eHealth’ centres in various parts of the country.

 

The NH network now uses these shipping containers as part of its rural healthoutreach, which includes electronic medical records (EMR), biometric patient identification and integrated diagnostic devices. The HP cloud-enabled technology allows for the monitoring of clinical and administrative data.

 

 

more at https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/health/the-promise-of-ehealth-for-rural-india/article25214896.ece

 

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How the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College is killing the queue with technology

How the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College is killing the queue with technology | Healthcare in India | Scoop.it

The Medical College hospital (MCH) in Thiruvananthapuram, is a prominent healthcare institution in Kerela and attracts thousands of patients every day.

 

MCH has undergone a series of changes in a bid to present itself as patient-friendly with special emphasis on technology.

 

1. The process to improve facilities at MCH kickstarted under the government’s ‘Aardram’ mission which aims to introduce a variety of technologies that will strengthen patient infrastructure at hospitals and make them easier to consult doctors.

 

2. An advanced virtual queue management system has been established through which patients at Akshaya centres, through computers at taluk hospitals can take appointments of doctors at a specific time and date.

 

3. Instead of waiting for hours at the hospital, patients can now get virtual tokens and just arrive at the hospital at the time of their appointment. This is aimed at eliminating extra crowds at the hospital during those hours.

 

4. SMS messages will be sent to the patient reminding them of their doctor appointments.

 

5. Through the e-health system, doctors at MCH can also avail a patient’s medical information via Aadhaar. This will help multiple doctors seeing the same patient access his/her medical history resulting in a fruitful exchange of information.

 

6. Doctors will soon be able to record their prescriptions digitally on their computer systems which will help them better treat their patients when the latter come for the next appointment. Officials at the pharmacy can also access these records helping in better delivery of medicines.

 

7. For the past one month, the entire OP block of the MCH barring a floor has been colour-coded for the benefit of patients. “The OP at MCH is vast and many a time, patients find it difficult to find the right OP and the doctor they wish to consult. We have set up LED systems on each floor guiding patients to the right blocks,” Dr Jose said.

 

8. LED lights in blue, orange, green and red have been set up for each department of the OP.

 

9. There are wall paintings along with normal signboards as part of patient-friendly measures to identify key departments.

 

 

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Funds crunch may hit e-health project

Funds crunch may hit e-health project | Healthcare in India | Scoop.it

Kerela Health Department’s ambitious e-health project has managed to complete a tumultuous pilot phase with “significant achievements” on one side and much valuable lessons learnt on the other.

 

However, scaling up of the project across the State could remain a far-fetched dream, as the financial investment it entails is huge and the technical challenges immense, it is feared.

 

The ₹96-crore project envisages the development of an electronic demographic data base, electronic health records (EHRs) of a population and end-to-end automation of all government hospitals.

 

With less than ₹30 crore Central funds remaining to be secured, finding funds to sustain the project in the long term is a challenge that the Health Department will have to face head on.

 

read more at https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/funds-crunch-may-hit-e-health-project/article25215358.ece

 

 

nrip's insight:

This pilot has finally reached a point of success after over 5 years of turmoil. Its critical that this project is funded to scale.

Pilotitis should not get another victim, and one where the claim of success is made, something which is not the case with ober 90% of pilots globally.

How to source missing funds: They may find it prudent to look at additional value benefits which can be obtained with additional modules or applications. These are in addition to the features that were part of the pilot. The additional benefits to different departments and/or different ministries may open the doors to get the additional funds

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World Bank to assist Andhra Pradesh in transforming health sub-centres

World Bank to assist Andhra Pradesh in transforming health sub-centres | Healthcare in India | Scoop.it

The World Bank came forward to fund for the development of 7,500 health sub-centres as electronic sub-centres (e-sub-centres). As part of the programme, e-health records would be maintained in all the e-sub-centres apart from extending telemedicine facility.

 

The e-health centres include 1,147 Primary Health Centres (PHCs), 192 Community Health Centres (CHCs), 31 area hospitals, 13 district hospitals and 23 teaching hospitals.

 

The World Bank (WB) team comprising Programme Leader (Human Development) Jorge Coarasa, Senior Operations Officer Kari Hurt and health specialist Mohini Kak met Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday.

 

Explaining the government’s efforts in improving health services in the State, Mr. Naidu suggested the visiting team to provide expertise to fill the gaps in medical and health services. The government has introduced IT-enabled health services. However, introduction of some more global practices was required to further improve the services.

 

The government has been releasing health bulletin every month and sufficient data was available, he said, adding, the WB can extend its cooperation in research and innovation.

 

Electronic records to be maintained apart from extending telemedicine facility

 

Read the whole story at https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/world-bank-to-assist-state-in-transforming-health/article25106584.ece

 

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