Ahmedabad: To bring medical care at the doorstep of remote tribal villages, Ahmedabad based non-profit organization, Dr KR Shroff Foundation (KRSF) has collaborated. Gram Seva Trust (GST), an NGO based in Kharel village Navsari district, to begin telemedicine program,
The program was launched in collaboration with a US-based software service provider, evolco, as a technology partner. It will be implemented in about 25 villages of Dang district of South Gujarat region.
This telemedicine-based healthcare service will strongly complement the existing health infrastructure in these areas, improve the productivity of doctors and also enhance the quality and efficiency of healthcare for the needy.
“GST caters to around 3,000 to 4,000 patients every month in 25 villages. After the implementation of this telemedicine programme, we expect this number to almost double in the coming months. More importantly, the quality of healthcare will improve dramatically over time due to the available history with AI-technology. We plan to track the quality of improvement for each patient and gain in productivity through the use of AI-enabled software. The project will later be extended to other tribal areas and rural areas of Gujarat,” said KRSF president Uday Desai.
KRSF will provide financial assistance to 25 health workers – one for each village – to workers as well as project coordinators and doctors, and equip them with medical equipment to execute the programme.
“We believe that telemedicine-enabled monitoring and counseling of patients in the rural healthcare sector will dramatically improve the overall quality of healthcare delivery system in Waghai taluka of Dang district,” said Dr Ashwin Shah, Trustee, GST.
To more effectively address long-term health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, anemia and malnutrition, remote patient monitoring and care planning systems will come in handy.