HP & Narayana Health to Bolster the Healthcare Sector in India through eHealth Centres

CR Team | Friday, 04 July 2014, 05:31 IST

Mumbai: A leader in technology and corporate culture, HP has announced that it has partnered with a leading healthcare provider, Narayana Health to increase the number of HP Cloud–enabled eHealth Centres in India. The eHealth centres are set-up with a mission of delivering quality and affordable healthcare services to people living in the country’s resource-deprived locations. Narayana Health is a multi-specialty hospital chain in India. Headquartered in Bangalore, the group is claimed to be a low cost and high quality Indian healthcare service provider.

Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) is an American based multinational IT corporation which provides hardware, software and services to leverage people, businesses, governments and society. Founded in 1939, the tech giant has been implementing solutions for customers’ most complex challenges across the world. With a current market cap of $63.4 billion, the company is claimed to be the 11th most valuable brand which focuses on cloud, security and big data.

The eHealth centres are backed up with HP’s cloud-enabled solution resulting in rapidly deployable healthcare facilities. With this facility, the patients in remote areas can connect easily with the physicians and specialists for an easy and better diagnosis. Each eHealth Centre is implanted in shipping containers and is equipped with cloud-integrated diagnostic equipment, HP Workstations and video conferencing enabling collection, analysis and tracking of individual and communitywide data.

”Our goal is to provide high-quality healthcare on a large scale to people in India,” says Dr. Ashutosh Raghuvanshi, Vice Chairman, Managing Director & Group Chief Executive Officer, Narayana Health. “Partnering with an innovation leader like HP allows us to leverage technologies, such as telemedicine and cloud capabilities, to accelerate our goal of reaching more people and delivering early detection and diagnosis to patients, while maintaining manageable costs”.

Built on the successful pilot program which was launched in April 2014, the new advancement will be catering to people through Narayana Health group. The equipment and training will be provided by HP. Adding to the 6 existing eHealth centres, the company hopes to set-up 20 more centres over a year. Also the HP and NH will launch three new ‘health hub’ support centres to serve the eHealth Centre network enabling staff get comprehensive support on technical and medical issues related to operations.

Commenting on the phased implementation program, Neelam Dhawan, Vice President & General Manager, Enterprise Group & Country Managing Director, HP India “Addressing the challenges of providing quality and affordable healthcare to patients in rural India requires a New Style of IT. HP cloud-enabled technology, which is central to eHealth Centres, is helping to change the dynamics of the healthcare system in India. By working with organizations like Narayana Health, we are able to expand the eHC program to more parts of India”.

In addition, HP is implementing the same model in Bhutan and Philippines. In Bhutan, HP collaborated with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Royal Government of Bhutan to pilot the program in a basic health unit facility under Ministry of Health. In Philippines, HP is partnering with the Philippines Disaster Recovery Fund (PDRF) to bring two eHealth Centres to the Tacloban and Eastern Visayas areas in August, as part of ongoing disaster recovery and reconstruction efforts following 2013 typhoon Haiyan.

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