Tele-Homoeopathy project implementation in rural India

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Project Category: eHEALTH ::Best Private Sector Initiative of the Year
Project Name : Tele-Homoeopathy project implementation in rural India

Details of the Applicant :
Name-Dr. Jawahar Shah M. D. (Hom.)
Address -8, New Hari Niwas, Dattatray Road,Santacruz (W)
City – Mumbai
State -Maharashtra
Zip code-400 054

Details of Project/Initiative Implementing Agency :
Name of the organization -NIH, IL&FS, Mind Technologies
Address- 8, New Hari Niwas,Dattatray Road,Santacruz (W)
Zip-400 054
Name of the Head of Organization-Dr. Jawahar Shah M. D. (Hom.)

Brief description of the programme/project/initiative :
A pilot project for the rural population in Tripura, which was completely managed using Tele-homoeopathy with remote and expert modules and we could manage nearly 14300 patients in a period of 1 year. This project was funded by AYUSH and was managed by NIH, IL&FS and Mind Technologies.

Why was the project started ?
The Indian health care industry is growing at a rapid pace and is expected to become a US$280 billion industry by 2020. The main reason for this speedy growth is steady growth of population, increasing life expectancy, growth in per capita income, changing lifestyles, etc. However, with this increasing demand for health care services, the same are not fulfilled in the rural India. Majority of the population of India still suffers from a poor standard of health care infrastructure, which has not kept up with the growing economy. This the reason why we ventured into it.

Objective :
1. Help the rural population of India avail almost the same facilities as the urban population through remote assistance.
2. Cost effective and affordable treatment to poor patients.
3. Help people accept Homoeopathy on a wider scale and understand its benefits.

Target group :
1. Rural population of India and world.
2. Poor patients.
3. Areas where not much of medical facilities were available.
Geographical reach:Villages of Tripura (Remote end), Expert end was provided by doctors of National institute of Homeopathy (Govt. Of India) and senior doctors at Kolkata and Mumbai.
Date from which the project became operational-12 April 2010
Is the project still operational-Yes

10 points that make the programme/project innovative?
1.Remote health care by expert doctors from Mumbai and Kolkata.
2.Logical MIS reports.
3.Quick resolution and treatment of the case (Repertorisation).
4.Option for case referral and forwarding for super experts.
5.User friendly case history forms.
6.More than 1400 medicines keynotes.
7.Quick reference from thousands of symptoms to plan treatment.
8.Patient instructions on various diseases.
9.Diet and nutrition guidance which can be printed.
10.Session management of expert and remote physicians.

List the 5 achievements of the programme/project?
1.Nearly 14300 patients in a period of 1 year.
2.Most of the patients were treated for free or at a nominal amount.
3.Got free advice from best expert physicians who are otherwise too expensive.
4.Got excellent results in Acute and Chronic cases, with evidence and documentation.
5.Providing medical facility and creating healthier, happier people of Tripura.

List the 5 key challenges faced while implementing the programme/project/initiative and how they were overcome?
1.Non-compliance of some patients – Generating awareness.
2.Difficulty in interaction with remote physician – overcome after installing messenger comunicate at work.
3.The rural health worker may not be fully and/or properly trained – They were trained by experts and updated regularly.
4.Vast database referring is difficult manually by the remote physician – Ready cross reference was available of thousands of symptoms to take help and prescribe the medicine.
5.Slow internet speed was a big challenege in implementing the project – development of website in such a way that it runs satisfactorily in slow spped connections too.

List the 5 points how can the programme serve as a model that can be replicated or adapted by others?
1.Remote assistance of patients.
2.Logical case history.
3.Forwarding and referring of patients.
4.Uploading of investigation reports in form of videos, images, etc.
5.MIS reports for further research, statistics and proving the efficacy of the treatment.

List 5 points to elaborate on the scalability of the programme/project/initiative :
1.If funding is available, we can implement in different villages of different states in India and also in other countries.
2.If we get support from government satellite services.
3.By seeing the results NGOs, government organisations, NRHM can accept this as a working model and decide to implement this project throughout India.
4.Making the entire project available in dual or multiple National and International languages.
5.Urban and corporate population can also reap benefits of this project.

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