Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani using telecom technology to provide health care services

Pilani, Rajasthan 16 August 2007The UGC Centre for Women Studies (CWS) at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) in Pilani has joined hands with Sewa Bharti, Pilani to open new vistas for the people by inaugurating a telemedicine centre, first of its kind in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. The centre aims at delivery of health care services across distances using telecom technology.

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On the occasion of 61st Independence day, Dr. L.K. Maheshwari, Vice Chancellor, BITS-Pilani who inaugurated the centre congratulated the efforts of CWS and Sewa Bharti and mentioned: "In this digital age, technology is being leveraged to render educational, developmental and social services. The telemedicine centre is yet another step to bridge the gap present in the rural health care sector."

Dr. Nirupama Prakash, Chief of Women Studies and Social Development Unit at BITS, Pilani claimed that the telemedicine centre would be beneficial towards the improvisation of health care accessibility, immunization drives, educating young mothers and children about hygiene and general cleanliness.

Using the software "Remedy Kit" and internet technology, vital information regarding pulse rate, heart beat, blood pressure, and ECG can be transferred over the broadband link from Sewa Bharti to the Medical Center, BITS-Pilani. The health care personnel at the Medical Center will analyse and diagnose the health condition and prescribe the medicines which will be available at the Sewa Bharti Complex. The entire procedure will take merely 3-5 minutes.

The UGC Centre for Women Studies, BITS-Pilani has been functional for the past two years and is playing a prominent role in promoting humanitarian initiatives. Sewa Bharti is working for the past 18 years towards social causes under the supervision of Mr. K.S Sharma. Dr. R.P Pareek, MD, the Medical Superintendent of the Medical Center, BITS-Pilani has been rendering his services to this organisation every Sunday for the last 10 years. Presently, 20-30 patients visit Sewa Bharti weekly and this number is expected to grow now as the patients can visit for health care consultation any working day.

The Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani is a leading university in India offering degrees in Engineering, Management, Pharmacy, Sciences, Engineering Technology, Information Systems, General Studies, Finance, etc. presently located at Pilani, Dubai, and Goa campuses and in the near future at Hyderabad campus. BITS Pilani also offers an array of work integrated learning programmes for HRD of a vast spectrum of Indian corporates.


Leslie Versweyveld

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