According to the 2011 census rural population forms about 68% of the countries entire population. According to a report published at www.indiahealthprogress.in a steep shortage in Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) across India is the prime reason why villagers are forced to trek almost 20 km to reach the nearest PHC. These facts should come as no surprise since the country has a cumulative shortfall of almost 17,000 PHCs and a concomitant shortage of 8,500 doctors across centers nationwide.
It took an innovation by the Jindal group in collaboration with HP to tap the power of IT to bridge this gap and bring Health Care to the door steps to a large segment the country’s population that has its home in rural and semi-urban India through the innovative eHealthCentres. eHealthCentresleverage cloud-based IT and data-sharing systems to deliver 21st century healthcare infrastructure, services and medical diagnostics to people in remote, resource-poor locations.
The eHealth Centres have the following advantages:
- Rapid deployment of cloud enabled healthcare infrastructure.
- Easy transport to remote areas
- Fully integrated Remote Medical Consultation Platform
- Centralized Electronic Health Records – health records accessible from anywhere
- Automated health data uploaded directly from diagnostic equipment -collection of automated high quality health data directly from equipment to health cloud
- Data and analytics for health policy and remote monitoring
- Real time disease surveillance
- Ability of early disease detection and intervention
- Ability to refer to super specialists globally
- Referralto tertiary health care facilities
- Independence from grid electricity
- Generation of health awareness – At the health centers medical professional teach the villagers how the spread of disease can be prevented and a healthy life be led
- SMS based medication reminders for critical diseases and immunization
- Access to super specialists through remote medical consultation :patients interact with Doctors who could be sitting at the other end of the country or half-way around the world.
Villagers who have got help from the eHealth Centers suggest that such centers should come up in all villages of India so that people do not have to travel far and wide to get their small ailments treated. Villagers can get screened for diseases &their children can get screened for disease. This rise of technology amongst the lowest classes of society is going to be the salvation of the country and at the same time it will have a great social impact – the children living in villages who see this technology doing wonders for them will be inspired to pursue education and do something revolutionary.