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Samsung to help improve Karnataka public healthcare efficiency

Aiming to bolster management of medical subsidies and operations of the Public Health Centers (PHCs) across Karnataka, Samsung India has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the state government to facilitate digitisation of database at PHCs, a media report said.

As per the agreement, Samsung Research and Development Institute in Bengaluru (SRI-B) has handed over 1,000 Samsung Tab IRIS, the first commercial tablet to be approved by UIDAI for Aadhaar and KYC verification, to the state’s Department of Health to help PHCs convert their database to digital format, the Economic Times reported.

“Samsung is extremely proud to partner with the state government for this digital transformation in the public healthcare space and is confident that the advanced technology of Samsung Tab IRIS will give a digital boost to the whole healthcare system. This will enable Public Health Centers to maintain and share medical databases on a real time basis. Samsung has been in India for 21 years and has always contributed towards making lives of its customers easy with the help of its innovative, meaningful technologies,” Chief Technology Officer Samsung R&D Institute, Bengaluru, Dr. Aloknath De, was quoted as saying.

Samsung Tab IRIS would help PHCs generate various value added reports to facilitate decision making by the Health
Department. The project’s target is to centrally consolidate information related to PHC administration such as patient treatment, diagnosis, deliveries and drug availability from various locations along with GPS information.

“We are confident that Samsung’s world class technology will help us manage our public healthcare facilities more
efficiently. Digitising the database is very important for our public health centres as it will lead to better planning and decision making at a state as well as central level,” said Minister of Health and Family Welfare Department Government of Karnataka, Ramesh Kumar, while pointing out the benefits of the government’s association with the Korean technology giant.

As per the data of the Central government, there are 2,310 PHCs in Karnataka. The total fertility rate of the state is 2.0. The infant mortality rate is 38 and maternal mortality ratio is 178 which are lower than the National average. The sex ratio in the state is 968 as compared to 940 for the country.

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