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Intel launches tele-health project
Arup Chanda
Tribune News Service

Tindivanam, September 3
World’s largest computer chip maker Intel Corporation today embarked on a programme here to transform healthcare in rural India along with the union ministry of health and family welfare, sending a message of social responsibility of MNCs operating in the country.

Intel Corporation chairman Craig Barrett and union health minister Dr Anbumani Ramadoss today inaugurated a tele-health project at this small town, 120 km from Chennai.

Barrett said, “Applying technology in pioneering ways can help increase access to healthcare and improve quality of care for people everywhere.”

The Intel chief, who also chairs the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and development, said, “We have seen how technology has enhanced people’s lives in Baramati, and look forward to seeing this replicated on a larger scale across Tamil Nadu and the rest of the country.”

Intel had deployed its first remote health programmes in a digital village pilot in Baramati, about 120 km from Pune, in Mahrashtra.

Barret said the pilot in Baramati attracted the attention of government and industry leaders, inspiring e-health projects that will be deployed across Tamil Nadu and the country. The projects include a tele-health programme for community hospitals and a school health-monitoring system.

Ramadoss said, “Digital health solutions are the most appropriate tools for achieving our objective of providing healthcare to the poorest citizens living in the remote areas of our country.

These health projects, starting in Tamil Nadu, but later spread out all over the country, are an extension of the Intel World Ahead Program, a global initiative to provide people in developing countries with the benefits of better, faster access to information and communications technology (ICT).

The web-based health referral system at the state government owned hospital here aims to provide improved and cost-effective access to high-quality healthcare and is hosted by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) on its web health central portal.

It will also enable doctors to view patient records and diagnostic images such as retinal scans over a secure computer network. Through videoconferences, specialists across India can also examine patients remotely.

While at this small town, Barrett also visited a girls’ school for a firsthand look at a children’s health monitoring system developed by TCS. This first-of-its-kind project in Tamil Nadu addresses both healthcare and education by installing technology that helps ensure that government-aided schools are a safe and healthy place for children. 



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