February 11, 2008

Satyam makes tele-medicine available in remote villages

Satyam Computer Services has launched a project that provides tele-electrocardiogram (ECG) services to patients in remote areas across the country.

The city-based IT major's global health care practice unit has implemented the programme in association with non-profit organisation Byrraju Foundation.

It was launched on a pilot basis last year and it covers 3.5 million people in villages across India. The services are provided through Foundation's Ashwini clinics located in several parts of the country.

In the past patients would have had to travel to a city at great cost to receive an ECG or imperil their health by not having one at all. With this capability, we're able to treat many more patients from a central location, said Arun Kumar, a doctor associated with the health care plan, here today.

As a provider of integrated, end-to-end healthcare solutions, Satyam was able to deliver a system that is effective, affordable and operates in areas with minimal communications and computing infrastructure, providing complete clinical functionality, Kumar said.

"As a non-profit organisation, we are always conscious of creating self sustainable, cost-effective models," said Byrraju Foundation Lead Partner V S N Raju.

The programme enables patients in villages to get an ECG done at a local Aswini clinic while doctors at hospitals such as Narayana Hrudayalaya in Bangalore offer immediate interpretation as well as teleconference consultations.


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