Tuesday, November 07, 2006

IT Could Improve Health Care in India - iHealthBeat - Daily News Digest on Health Care Information Technology

IT Could Improve Health Care in India : " IT could improve health care access in remote areas of India, according to India's Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss, the Times of India reports.

The technology should be included in disease surveillance and telemedicine programs, Ramadoss said last week after a meeting with Intel Chair Craig Barrett (Times of India, 11/3). Barrett was in Asia last week to discuss plans to provide rural health clinics in China and India with computers and Internet access, which will enable physicians to exchange X-rays and other patient data, the Wall Street Journal Asia reports.

Intel in May announced that it will spend $1 billion over five years to improve Internet access and train residents to use the technology in developing countries (Dean/Wonacott, Wall Street Journal Asia, 11/3).

Intel is working on a pilot program, called Aarogya Jaal, at a community health center in the Baramati and Pune districts of Maharashtra, India, according to Barrett. The goal is to replicate the pilot to improve the delivery system at community health centers and to promote the use of IT in health care, the Times of India reports."

IT will help to improve healthcare in India's cities too - and the ROI here would be far more, because there are so many more patients in the cities ! They should first learn how to make it work in the cities, before rolling out "model" IT-healthcare projects in the villages.

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