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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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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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