Ahmedabad: To bring medical care at the doorstep of the remotest tribal villages, Ahmedabad-based not-for-profit institution, Dr KR Shroff Foundation (KRSF) has collaborated with Gram Seva Trust (GST), an NGO based in Kharel village of Navsari district, to launch a telemedicine programme.
The programme was launched in association with US-based software services provider, Evolko, as a technology partner. It will be executed across some 25 villages of the Dang district of South Gujarat region.
This telemedicine-based healthcare services will complement the existing healthcare infrastructure in these regions robustly, improve the productivity of doctors and also enhance the quality and efficiency of the healthcare for the needy.
“GST caters to some 3,000 to 4,000 patients every month across the 25 villages. After the implementation of this telemedicine programme, we expect the number to almost double over the coming months. More importantly, the quality of healthcare due to the available history with AI-technology, would dramatically improve over time. We plan to track quality of improvement for each patient and also track the gain in productivity through the usage of AI-enabled software. The project will later be extrapolated to other tribal areas and rural belts in Gujarat,” said Uday Desai, president, KRSF.
KRSF will support 25 health workers – one for each village – with financial assistance to the workers as well as project co-ordinators and doctors, and also equip them with medical instruments to execute the programme.
“We believe that telemedicine-enabled monitoring and consulting of patients in the rural healthcare sector will dramatically improve the overall quality of healthcare services delivery system in Waghai Taluka of Dang district,” said Dr Ashwin Shah, Trustee, GST.
In a bid to address long-term health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, anaemia, and malnutrition more effectively, remote patient monitoring and care plan systems will come handy.