September 05, 2008

C-DAC software to aid healthcare sector

If the new software developed by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC ) is accepted by medical equipment manufacturers and service providers, patients with medical history will no longer need to worry about maintaining their records and its compatability with different softwares.

Through the medical informatics standards software development kit (SDK), the C-DAC aims to achieve globally maintained standards as defined by international and national organisations.

The software development kit was officially unveiled at C-DAC's new campus in Aundh on Tuesday. S. Ramakrishnan, director general of C-DAC , said, "Health is an evergreen area and in each zone, be it hospitals, research institutions or clinics, where interactions take place, telemedicine has become a compelling choice and hence, we decided to launch this kit."

Medical original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and independent software vendors (ISV) are a critical part of the healthcare delivery chain. There are many systems with a gamut of technologies available from such manufacturers, he added.

"When these systems become proprietary, data exchange and communication with them is a major problem which pushes up the cost of health care system. The national task force on tele-medicine mooted by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare recommended a host of medical informatics and IT standards to be adopted by manufacturers and users in order to promote lowcost solutions and easy exchange of data. The I-T Department then approached us and we came up with SDK," Gaur Sunder, the team coordinator, said.

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