Saturday, February 4, 2023

iKure Health Monitoring Kiosks

For those who are situated in rural or far-flung areas of West Bengal, access to healthcare and diagnostic services has become as easy as a visit to the local grocery shop, thanks to iKure’s health kiosks -- JALAJA RAMANUNNI

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A research conducted by iKure shows that a patient can travel only up to 65 km in the event of an emergency, and in most cases, the nearest hospital is more than 300 km away. For every 1600 patients, there is just one doctor.
“The main issues in rural regions are infant mortality, maternal death, life expectancy at birth and prenatal mortality. It is shocking to learn that over 75 per cent of such cases could have been avoided with basic healthcare and amenities. iKure health kiosks are a step towards addressing this need,” says Sujay Santra, founder-director, iKure Techsoft.

iKure does research for remote monitoring, teleradiology, hosted hospital information system, telepathology and mobile technology in health care. It works closely with IIT Kharagpur and Aegle Angels Foundation for these technology research projects.

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Going forward…
In the next six months, iKure, in collaboration with global partners such as Global Venture Lab, Finland, plans to increase the number of its health kiosks to 100, and probably to 500 in the next two years, reveals Santra. The organisation also plans to launch health kiosks for homes, which will especially help senior citizens who are ill and find it difficult to visit a doctor.

The technology used in the kiosk will be similar to rural health kiosks but it would not include a medical practitioner. Measurements will be sent directly to the server, from which a doctor will be able to access this data and diagnose.

“On the technology front, we would like to use devices that are more sophisticated and transmit a huge volume of data as is generated through CT scan or MRI,” says Santra. iKure also plans to expand to rural areas of other states and even cities through company-owned, franchise-model health kiosks.

Over time, the initiative may help in taking healthcare to people residing in the remotest nooks and corners of India, where access to even the basic healthcare facilities is still a far-fetched dream!.

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The author is from EFY Bureau, Bengaluru

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