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RailTel creates ‘Health Cloud’ at Visakhapatnam

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New Delhi: RailTel Corporation of India Limited (RailTel), a PSU under the Ministry of Railways, in a major step to serve the requirements of the health care industry has designed and established a ‘Health Cloud’ at Visakhapatnam premises of Andhra Pradesh Med Tech Zone (AMTZ), the world’s first integrated medical device manufacturing hub. It is a dedicated ‘Data Centre’ catering to the specific and idiosyncratic needs of the health sector. This has been done as part of a landmark partnership agreement between RailTel and AMTZ. The partnership intends to develop and facilitate advanced digital health services and initiatives such as EMRA (Electronic Medical Record Alliance), Radiology Imaging Services, Health Digital Data Fiduciary Services etc. It will facilitate seamless integration of medical equipment, medical processes and various IP system and application connected with the health services. All the initiatives under this partnership will facilitate empowering of hospitals in rural areas with hi-tech digital healthcare facilities and thereby making universal health care access a reality.

RailTel’s ‘Health Cloud’ at AMTZ has been inaugurated by Louise Agersnap, Head of WHO Innovation Hub, WHO-Geneva in the presence of AMTZ’s MD & CEO Dr Jitendra Sharma, RailTel’s Executive Director Manohar Raja, and Association of Indian Manufacturers of Medical Devices’ (AiMeD) Forum Coordinator Rajiv Nath. This Health Cloud fully addresses the concerns of privacy, security and sovereign autonomy related to health data and complies fully with the ecosystem of Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM).

RailTel has also provided complete technological support for teleconsultation solutions for the Mobile Container Hospital which has been designed and built-in AMTZ with all the necessary Hospital set-up for ready-to-operationalise in remote areas. It can also be operationalised on the wheels.  It comes with a Health ATM to dispense the medicines through Mobile App having a digital payment interface.

RailTel is also providing cloud and connectivity support to the Electronic Medical Record Alliance (EMRA) which is an important consortium formed to provide Hospital Information System (HIS) solution to small entities for building EMR bringing everyone into the fold of the digital health ecosystem. The consortium aspires to emerge as a Health Digital Data Fiduciary Services and Health Information Exchange fully complying and seamlessly integrating into ABDM ecosystem.

The common uses of digital technologies in health include searching medical knowledge resources, facilitating clinical support, monitoring quality of care, and mapping and monitoring the spread of infectious diseases, as well as tracking supplies of drugs and vaccines, equipment, machines and accessories.

RailTel CMD Puneet Chawla said, “RailTel’s telecom & ICT expertise teamed with the deep health domain capabilities at the AMTZ would facilitate leveraging ICT to enable health care services to reach masses. The strategic partnership intends to build on indigenous technologies pitching for a strong Digital India narrative. This new initiative will be a big step in the digital transformation of the health sector.”

AMTZ’s MD & CEO Dr Jitendra Sharma noted “creating dedicated data centre facility for health data opens up the possibility of creating unique services which can empower small hospitals in rural and remote areas with same hi-tech digital healthcare capabilities such as corporate hospitals. AMTZ is pleased to partner with RailTel for these data-centric engagements for medical technology growth in India and making India a global hub for MedTech development and production.”

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