MP government launches remote health care project


Cisco has launched a healthcare solution pilot project in collaboration with the Madhya Pradesh government in Sehore where patients will access medical treatment and specialist consultations remotely. Cisco’s healthcare solution enables patients and doctors to meet each other virtually through video without having to commute long distances.

In phase I of deployment, community/primary healthcare centres in Sehore and Gwalior will be connected to the district hospital in these locations. Patients visiting the CHCs/PHCs will have their vitals checked by the paramedic/nurse at the centre, while the doctor at the district hospital provides consultation and diagnosis in real time.

At an inauguration ceremony held at Sehore District Hospital, state health minister Mahendra Hardia along with Aravind Sitaraman, President, Inclusive Growth, Cisco Systems has launched this facility.

Community/primary healthcare centres in Datia and Chhindwara will be connected to the respective district hospitals later. In total, eleven community/primary health care centres across four districts of Sehore, Datia, Gwalior, and Chhindwara will be connected to district hospitals remotely using Cisco Healthcare Solution.

With this project, Cisco further advances its Inclusive Growth vision of using technology to bridge the urban-rural gap. Earlier this year, Cisco launched Inclusive Growth initiative so rural communities can get access to essential urban services like healthcare, education, a marketplace and access to public services through technology and bring them into the mainstream economy. Using the network as a platform, these services can bring about transformational change to rural communities and greatly reduce the urban-rural divide.

Last year, Cisco introduced its healthcare solution at Raichur to enable access to remote healthcare to the people in this district on a proof-of-concept basis. So far, using this technology, RxDx Multispecialty hospital, the medical services company collaborating with Cisco, has treated over 950 patients remotely. Early this year, Cisco Inclusive Growth launched its healthcare pilot in the district of Shimoga to enable remote healthcare in that district. Recently, the Royal Government of Bhutan signed a non-binding MoU with Cisco to explore the use of this technology to bring about Gross National Happiness.

The proactive initiatives of the government of Madhya Pradesh to use Cisco technologies to provide remote healthcare is a positive step to leapfrog these challenges and bring about inclusive growth.

This collaboration is one step ahead towards changing the way people live today in rural areas.

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