telemedicine services

HMRI’s Telemedicine Services © Services bring much needed specialist healthcare to remote areas where there are few, if any, healthcare workers. We focus on both the beneficiary and the doctor – delivering the most accessible and affordable care by providing high quality specialists with the medical data they need in settings that make both beneficiary and doctor comfortable. We utilize medically-validated equipment and digitally interface with software for easy and accurate dataflow.

HMRI’s telemedicine solution has the ability to serve all basic primary and secondary healthcare needs of the population.

HMRI has partnered with State Governments & philanthropic organizations to run several telemedicine initiatives and havereached 15254 beneficiaries through 44 telehealthcentres across India.

In 2010, HMRI launched Asara© in partnership with MacArthur Foundation. Asara© works to decrease maternal mortality among tribal people in Araku Valley, Andhra Pradesh. Tribal Araku Valley has very little infrastructure, including poor road connectivity and a lack of electricity and running water. Most tribal families generate a meagre average income of USD 23/month through agricultural activities. Education facilities are unavailable or inadequate, resulting in a 22.70% female literacy rate, compared to India’s national average of 74.04%.

Health problems in the region are greatly influenced by these factors. There is a high prevalence of protein, iron, vitamin A and iodine deficiencies as well as malnutrition. People face illnesses caused by insanitary living conditions. Moreover, the area’s MMR is 800 and IMR is 150. These ratios are roughly three times India’s national averages.

In order to decrease maternal mortality among tribal people in Araku Valley, Asara© trains traditional birth attendants , raises awareness, conducts village outreach using Dox-in-Box® and connects pregnant tribal women with an OB/GYN in Hyderabad through telemedicine services which are hosted at HMRI’s Asara© Telehealth Centre. Asara© also provides for home-based neonatal care by training local ASHAs, traditional birth attendants and new mothers. In continuation to the above services, HMRI provides Telemedicine solutions in Gadag District, Karnataka.

HMRI also has “Comprehensive Type 2 Diabetes Care” in the Sanjeevani project in Assam. This project has been funded by World Diabetes Foundation, Denmark, and conducts IEC activities, screen for diabetes and diabetes risk factors, make referrals for disease confirmation, complications and monitor disease management.

HMRI is also operating telemedicinecentre in Maharashtra connecting 10 PHCs of Thane District to 104 Health advice call centre, Pune.

Sources: Integrated Tribal Development Agency – Andhra Pradesh, Census 2011