Built in unused shipping containers and equipped with high-end cloud-connectivity for video and audio links, the eHealth Centres can be rapidly deployed at any place
New Delhi: Union minister for science and technology Mr. Jaipal Reddy inaugurated an eHealth centre in Kaithal district of Haryana from here. The centre works in a cloud platform and aims at providing healthcare in remote areas and generate data for research and policy-making.
The centres are built in unused shipping containers with high-end cloud-connectivity for video and audio links. The eHealth Centres can be rapidly deployed at any place. The centres will be manned by trained medical staffs equipped with necessary medical equipments.
Inaugurating the first centre Reddy said, “I am pleasantly surprised. This is a model which needs to be replicated by others. I consider the launch of the eHealth Center a landmark event in our efforts to reduce inequality in healthcare access while generating the data required for research and policy-making.”
The facility has been developed through a joint initiative of Hewlett Packard and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
The first centre in Haryana’s Chausala village has been implemented and tested in partnership with the O P Jindal Gramin Kalyan Sansthan- founded by Congress MP Naveen Jindal, who was also present on the occasion.
A latest development in the area of information technology, cloud-connectivity is an Internet based medium used for transferring, computing and analysing real-time data.
Applauding the technology, Reddy said, “Employing unused shipping containers to create rapidly deployable, low-cost, cloud-connected health-infrastructure is a highly innovative strategy to bring health care to doorsteps of people.”
Inequality in health care access is a major cause of increasing disease burden, high medical expense and inability to escape poverty, especially in developing world, he added.
Reddy also said the technology will also help in overcoming shortage of trained manpower in field of medicines, while making best use of existing infrastructure.