New diagnostic system for heart patients in rural areas

August 6th, 2011 - 9:40 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Aug 6 (IANS) Heart patients in rural areas can now walk in for tests at their local clinics, which will be connected to a central hospital in a big city via an information technology component, making it possible for immediate anaysis by leading experts.

In order to provide rural India with basic cardiac health care services, Roche Diagnostics India, the Indian arm of the Fortune 500 healthcare multinational Roche Diagnostics, has come up with an Integrated Cardiovascular Clinical Network (iCCnet) solution, eliminating the need for travelling to metros for treatment.

The model uses point-of care testing and IT system to improve the access and delivery of professional cardiac care in the rural areas.

The iCCnet model functions like a “satellite model” with three main components — Point-of-Care cardiac testing device, IT system and a central hospital in the city, said Roche Diagnostics India managing director Bhuwnesh Agrawal here Saturday.

“We are currently in talks with the Assam government regarding the implementation of this model. We want this to be implemented in whole of India. It will benefit people in rural India,” said Agrawal.

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