Decision Support System by Newdigm Healthcare


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Tamil Nadu, INDIA
IN India

In development

About the project Edit

This initiative, started by Newdigm Healthcare Technologies, is a mobile phone based clinical decision-support technology for Village Health Providers (VHP).The health-provider needs to be trained only once and unless there is a major overhaul in protocols, they only need to update the version of the decision-support from the remote server.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

The Decision-support for VHP is mobile- phone based solution which can be supported by any Java, Android and Blackberry mobile phone.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

The clinical decision-support technology enables VHW to take better decisions with respect to diagnosis, treatment, referral, monitoring and follow-up of patients’ illness.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

Winner 2011, E-Health category, Manthan Award 2011, Digital Inclusion for Development , South Asia
The Jury appreciated the way the technology has been used in this project, which significantly reduced the pre-requisites for a villager to become a qualified health-provider. This also improved compliance and adherence to medical protocols. It was noted that the mobile phone based decision-support technology in vernacular language helps the village health-worker, in arriving at presumptive diagnosis, treatment plan, filtering cases for referral and follow-up of patients essentially deskilling the job of a VHW. The cost-effective way of investments needed for both technology and human resource, which makes the solution highly scalable, was also appreciated by the Jury.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

Due to acute shortage of doctors in rural areas, empowering semi-skilled VHP through this initiative is the most practical solution for delivering healthcare in remote village areas. With this premise a team of doctors from Stanley Medical College (SMC) and a group of engineers from IIT-Madras started working on a decision-support technology for village health workers (VHW).

What is the business model of this project? Edit

The cost-effective way of investments needed for both technology and human resource makes the solution highly scalable.

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