HP Deploys First Virtual Healthcare Centre in Kerala

In a first of its kind initiative in India, Hewlett Packard (HP) India has deployed a mobile and static Virtual Palliative Care solution for the Thiruvananthapuram based charitable trust, Pallium India. The technology platform that will digitally connect doctors and terminally ill patients has been developed by HP India Enterprises Services Healthcare vertical in collaboration with HP Labs.

The deployment of the Palliative Healthcare solution was inaugurated by Smt. Mariamma Oommen in the presence of Marshal Correia, VP – Enterprise Services, HP India; Girish Kumar, Head – Healthcare & Life Sciences, HP India and Dr. M R Rajagopal, Director, Pallium India, at a function held here today.

Giving details, Girish said, This solution connects the patients and the medical faculty using ICT. Two studios have been set up, one at the Pallium India headquarters at Pattom and another at Karunya Vishranthi Bhavan at Kattela, a destitute home run by the Malankara Orthodox Church in Trivandrum. The remote location is equipped with basic digital healthcare and diagnostic equipments like digital stethoscopes and digital ECGs to facilitate patient testing. In effect, the solution delivers care where the patient lives by the doctors of Pallium India, enabling better treatment.

A similar set-up is also deployed in an AC bus as a mobile centre. The vehicle can be used as a mobile clinic to give remote consultation by doctors through video conferencing and digital diagnosis in far flung and rural areas. The bus can also be used for training activities of rural medicos. Although this is an imperfect substitute for face-to-face consultation, this is a better solution and substitute for some care where there is no care, Girish added.

Dr. Rajagopal said that with more philanthropic effort, Pallium India should be able to use the new technology platform to deliver services to remote locations in a much better way. It was a collaborative effort of Pallium India and HP to bring the mobile and static Virtual Palliative Care solution, for the first time in Kerala. In 2011, Pallium India has provided palliative care to more than 1,000 patients in Trivandrum.

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