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Microsoft India & IDRC extend funding support for teleconsultation initiative of Aravind Eye Hospital

Microsoft India and International Develop-ment Research Centre (IDRC), Canada under their ‘Rural Innovation Fund’, have selected five organisations who will receive financial assistance to support and  escalate their work on rural innovation. One of the recipient institutions of this funding support – Aravind Eye Hospital in Theni, Tamil Nadu has proposed a low cost telemedicine solution that reaches out to the rural population. The hospital has showcased an innovative use of IT in facilitating online consultation for patient with ophthalmologists. This approach helps patients acquire the right advice directly from ophthalmologists, saving a lot of time and money. The objective now is to develop an appropriate model to increase the uptake of eye care services at the vision centres opened by the hospital.

Commenting on the initiative, Neelam Dhawan, Managing Director, Microsoft India, said, “The Rural Innovation Fund was established to help communities with limited access to technology to realize their potential.

The response in the first year of its existence has been tremendous – every one of the 700 applications submitted tells a story of achievement.” 

Wockhardt opens doors of its new super speciality facility in Rajkot

Hon’ble Chief Minister Narendra Modi recently inaugurated the N M Virani Wockhardt Hospital, Rajkot – the latest addition to the Wockhardt Hospitals group.

This facility will help those in Saurashtra to escape the inconvenience and overhead expense of travelling to other cities for quality treatment.

This super speciality hospital has a total of 200 beds, including 42 critical care beds equipped with life saving equipments like IABP, Ventilators, multi-channel monitors, infusion systems, along with 24 ICCU’s, 5 advanced Operation theatres, latest digital flat panel cath lab for angiography, angioplasty and other cardiac procedures, computerised diagnostic laboratory.

The hospital is fully computerised driven by HIS system and more than 75 doctors on the panel. It also has top-of-the line 2D Echocardiography machine, high-end ortho & neuro surgical sets.

The tertiary care includes critical surgeries such as heart surgery, knee or hip Joint replacement, brain and spine surgery, Minimal Access Surgery [MAS], kidney and other life saving surgical facilities.

US varsity links up with IIIT-Hyderabad for tele-health services

The former President of India, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam inaugu-rated the web-based telemedicine link at the IIIT campus of Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, with cooperation of University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, USA on 15 August 2007. The Centre for Distance Health (CDH) at the UAMS explained to the former President that web based telemedicine link will eliminate healthcare disparities in the country. The telelink with IIIT in India will help India’s healthcare providers to improve healthcare services in India. The CDH is already providing distance health implementation of educational, clinical, research and outreach opportunities to the rural popula

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