Press Release: 11. December 2012
Topics: Company

CSIR and HP announce the launch of a rapidly deployable and fully integrated cloud-enabled eHealth Centre

NEW DELHI, India, 11 December 2012 — The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) and Hewlett Packard (HP) today announced the launch of a rapidly deployable and fully integrated cloud-enabled eHealth Centre (eHC). The eHC solution has been developed by HP and CSIR. The first eHC has been successfully implemented and tested in partnership with O.P. Jindal Gramin Jan Kalyan Sansthan, 3M India, Maharaja Agrasen Medical College (MAMC) and Orion eServices at Chausala village in Kaithal district, Haryana. Over 4000 patient visits were recorded in the first 100 days of operation.  
The eHealth Center is a fully integrated cloud-enabled healthcare solution that can be set up to provide affordable and preliminary healthcare in remote areas that have no immediate access to primary healthcare. The solution integrates medical instruments that collect basic patient health data with an eHC Health Cloud and enables medical diagnosis through remote consultation using built in videoconferencing options.
The eHealth Center was developed and co-funded by CSIR and HP. The eHC is an integral part of the CSIR 12th plan vision for Enabling Affordable Community Health through Information Technology (EACH-IT) and CSIR is providing the required connectivity, medical equipment and infrastructure. HP is providing the required Information technology infrastructure including IT equipment and cloud enabling the electronic medical records (EMR) solution with remote monitoring and consultation and a health policy dashboard. This initiative is part of HP’s Sustainable and Social Innovation programs and showcases HP’s commitment to align with the government’s healthcare priorities.
“This initiative of CSIR and HP creates a platform for the fourth paradigm of science, data-intensive discovery, while bringing affordable healthcare services to the doorstep of people. CSIR, which has made phenomenal contributions in the Indian generic-drug industry and has developed the genomic landscape of the people of India, is now positioned to use the eHealth Center data for novel discoveries to create ultra affordable health care products and services. The success of CSIR-led Open Source Drug Discovery Program gives us confidence that open innovation for healthcare will play an important role in the data intensive world,” said Professor Samir K. Brahmachari, Chief Mentor CSIR-OSDD Unit, Director General CSIR and Secretary DSIR, Ministry of Science & Technology. 
“HP is collaborating with government health authorities and organizations to reinvent medical processes, modernize systems, and develop solutions that dramatically expand access, improve healthcare, and save lives. The eHealth Centre is an example of our commitment to social innovation and to the government’s priorities, reiterating our belief of shared value,” commented Neelam Dhawan, Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Group and Country Managing Director, HP India.
O.P Jindal Gramin Jan Kalyan Sansthan facilitated access and delivery of the solution in Chausala village as well as the necessary social engineering. The first eHC at Chausala is operated by and remotely connected to Maharaja Agrasen Medical College (MAMC). Medical aseptic training, specialized medical consumable kits, electronic stethoscopes, corrosion protection and solar reflective coatings for eHC were provided by 3M India Limited. Orion eServices provided integration of the medical equipment and other devices with the health cloud, and provided training to the eHC personnel.
“eHC is a perfect example of technology in healthcare. The eHC Health Cloud technology will ensure that people get the benefit of state-of-the-art medical services at their doorstep, instead of having to travel long distances to urban centers. It gives me a sense of fulfilment to have supported such an idea and I feel delighted to have been able to provide my people with specialist services of this kind. I look forward to promote more such initiatives and provide the best for our people,” said Shri Naveen Jindal at the occasion.
“We are excited to partner with HP and CSIR in enabling this innovative social initiative. We are confident that this unique initiative will help the rural population in the hinterland, by providing easy access to and availability of quality healthcare.  We have used our innovative technologies and customized solutions to ensure improved healthcare outcomes through this initiative. Today, the burgeoning population of India needs robust access to medical facilities and the idea of social empowerment takes on a new meaning with this initiative. We look forward to seeing it scale up successfully over the next couple of years,” commented Ajay Nanavati, Managing Director, 3M India & 3M Lanka.
The basic health care infrastructure in rural areas in India is based on the population norms of having one Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC) for every 30,000 people and one Sub-Centre for every 5000 people[1]. However, the existing public health infrastructure is challenged by absence of tools for remote management and monitoring, as well as lack of standardized or accessible health data. The existing infrastructure also has a challenge of not being able to cover the last mile of healthcare, as there is a lack of electricity and connectivity in remote parts of the country.
A study conducted by the Indian Institute of Public Opinion[2] found that 89 per cent of rural Indian patients have to travel an average of 8 kilometres (5 miles) to access basic medical treatment and the rest have to travel even further.
The eHC solution addresses these challenges. It is a solution that is housed in a standard shipping container which can be quickly transported to remote areas of the country by air, rail or by land transport. It is affordable and easily deployable as compared to brick and mortar alternatives and is equipped with basic cloud-integrated diagnostic equipment, a telemedicine studio, laboratory and a pharmacy. Paramedics can staff the eHC, with specialist medical interventions provided through remote medical consultation. This minimizes the need for onsite skilled doctors in isolated locations. Remote monitoring of the eHC functioning and its equipment is done through the eHC Health Cloud, minimizing absenteeism and equipment downtimes.
The eHC Health Cloud integrates the process of healthcare delivery and health data collection. This centralized patient information sets the platform for data-driven research such as disease surveillance by tracking disease patterns and risk factors. The health profile of the region as well as monitoring of the daily usage of the eHC is enabled by an integrated eHC dashboard, providing comprehensive yet digestible analytics that will help health policymakers.

About CSIR
Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), established in 1942, is an autonomous Society whose President is the Prime Minister of India. An ensemble of 37 state-of-the-art institutes, today, CSIR is amongst the foremost scientific and industrial research organizations in the world. More information about CSIR is available at 
About O.P Jindal Gramin Jan Kalyan Sansthan 
O.P. Jindal Gramin Jan Kalyan Sansthan in Haryana was founded by Naveen Jindal in remembrance of his father in 2004 with a primary focus on women, youth, education and healthcare. The eHC in Chausala is the newest healthcare initiative supported by the Sansthan. The Sansthan contributes extensively to healthcare through medical vans, physiotherapy centers, sanitation and public health, eye camps, monitoring of the National Rural Health Mission, and organizing Vishal Health Melas to serve the rural population. 
About 3M 
A recognized leader in research and development, 3M produces thousands of innovative products for dozens of diverse markets. The Company markets about 7000+ products in India with leading positions in health care; industrial markets; display and graphics; consumer and office; safety, security and protection services; electronics and communications; and transportation.  More information about 3M is available at
About Maharaja Agrasen Medical College (MAMC)
Maharaja Agrasen Medical College (MAMC), Agroha, Haryana is a Joint Venture of the Government of Haryana and the Maharaja Agrasen Medical Education Society, Hissar. It was set up with the aim of developing an institution based on global standards that is capable of imparting the best medical and paramedical education, as well as providing world-class medical care to the people of Haryana and neighbouring states. 

About Orion eServices 
Orion eServices is a leading healthcare solutions, mobile application development and web application development company. Orion eServices provides innovative IT solutions to healthcare providers worldwide who are seeking improved patient care through greater insight into treatment, fewer errors, and more meaningful treatment plan coordination, bringing healthcare to the next generation.

[1] Indian Public Health Standards for Primary Health Centers, March 2006, Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India
[2]Bagchi S, (7 March 2006) ‘Telemedicine in Rural India’, plos Med, 3(3):e82.doi:10.1371/ journal. pmed. 0030082

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