HMRI’s Telemedicine Services© Services brings 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 philanthropic organizations to run several telemedicine initiatives throughout Andhra Pradesh . These initiatives have reached 25,000 beneficiaries.

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 meager 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 65.46%.

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 unsanitary 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. Through 31 December 2011, Asara© has enabled nearly a 47% decrease in maternal mortality and a 59% decrease in neonatal mortality.

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