December 19, 2012 at 06:00 AM EST
Too Many People, Too Few Clinics: HP says eHealth Centers will “dramatically expand access”

SOURCE: Hewlett-Packard

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How can IT help tackle one of today’s toughest challenges – the fact that, in many parts of the developing world, there are too many people in need of medical care and too few clinics?

HP is showing the world how, in collaboration with the government of India and The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR). Together, they are providing affordable healthcare to communities that currently have none. Their recently announced solution – in essence – a very well-connected shipping container.

Simply transported by rail or road to remote communities, each container transforms on arrival into a sophisticated eHealth Center (eHC). There is a real need for this. Within just 100 days of operation in a resource-poor Indian village, the first center of its kind recorded an incredible 4,000 patient visits.

Each medically equipped container is fully integrated and cloud enabled. Staff are able to gather basic patient health data, and can send this from the eHC to any larger medical center or hospital. When medical diagnosis or a second opinion is required, they can consult with senior doctors by videoconference.

These rapidly deployable, fully integrated, cloud-enabled eHCs are set to “dramatically expand access, improve healthcare, and save lives,” says HP India’s Neelam Dhawan, Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Group and Country Managing Director.

Read the CSIR and HP announcement here.

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KEYWORDS: HP, Hewlett Packard, Healthcare, medical clinics, eHealth Centers, Global Health, csr, Corporate Social Responsibility

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