CSIR, HP announce cloud-enabled eHealth Centre
The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Hewlett Packard (HP) on Wednesday announced the launch of a rapidly deployable and fully integrated cloud-enabled eHealth Centre (eHC).
The eHC solution has been developed by HP and CSIR. The first eHC has been successfully implemented and tested in partnership with O.P. Jindal Gramin Jan Kalyan Sansthan, 3M India, Maharaja Agrasen Medical College (MAMC) and Orion eServices at Chausala village in Kaithal district, Haryana.
Over 4000 patient visits were recorded in the first 100 days of operation.
The eHealth Center is a fully integrated cloud-enabled healthcare solution that can be set up to provide affordable and preliminary healthcare in remote areas that have no immediate access to primary healthcare.
The solution integrates medical instruments that collect basic patient health data with an eHC Health Cloud and enables medical diagnosis through remote consultation using built in videoconferencing options.
"The success of CSIR-led Open Source Drug Discovery Program gives us confidence that open innovation for healthcare will play an important role in the data intensive world," said Professor Samir K. Brahmachari, Chief Mentor CSIR-OSDD Unit, Director General CSIR and Secretary DSIR, Ministry of Science and Technology.
"HP is collaborating with government health authorities and organizations to reinvent medical processes, modernize systems, and develop solutions that dramatically expand access, improve healthcare, and save lives," commented Neelam Dhawan, Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Group and Country Managing Director, HP India.
The first eHC at Chausala is operated by and remotely connected to Maharaja Agrasen Medical College (MAMC).
"The eHC Health Cloud technology will ensure that people get the benefit of state-of-the-art medical services at their doorstep, instead of having to travel long distances to urban centers," said Naveen Jindal at the occasion.
The basic health care infrastructure in rural areas in India is based on the population norms of having one Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC) for every 30,000 people and one Sub-Centre for every 5000 people.
A study conducted by the Indian Institute of Public Opinion found that 89 per cent of rural Indian patients have to travel an average of 8 kilometres (5 miles) to access basic medical treatment and the rest have to travel even further.
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), established in 1942, is an autonomous Society whose President is the Prime Minister of India.
HP is one of the world's largest technology companies.