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Google to assist Karnataka government with tools to collect, analyze health data

Google is exploring partnership in public health sector with data apps and software.

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The Karnataka government is roping in private organizations to develop e-healthcare in the state. The latest to join the efforts is Google which has volunteered to develop a technology-based solution to collect and analyze health data. The company is reportedly willing to build an app which will help health activists save on time in generating reports along with making them shareable. Also Read - Google News Showcase gets support for Malayalam and Bengali

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Google came up with the proposal of working on a larger software program under which e-health programmes will be able to interact with each other with the help of such apps. The idea stems from a study of Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) -also known as community health workers -in Delhi’s Aam Aadmi Clinics and in north Karnataka. According to the study, it was found that the health activists spend two hours every day writing reports and two days every month analysing the data. So, Google wants to develop an app for them to save time as well as to motivate them by letting them know how their reports are being acted upon, ET quotes a source as saying. Also Read - Google Pixel 6a key specifications appear online, tipped to get custom Tensor chipset

Shalini Rajneesh, principal secretary, Health and Family Welfare, confirmed that the government is collaborating with Google on this initiative. Rajneesh said, It goes well with our e-Hospital project. The e-Hospital initiative will have a cloud infrastructure at its core to manage multiple hospitals seamlessly. With Google s proven data crunching prowess, the purported app and software platform will further open up prospects for the company under the partnership in the public health sector. ALSO READ: Over 2,000 Google employees unite against US immigration ban; Sundar Pichai, Sergey Brin join protest

The health department s join director Dr B Manjunath has expressed willingness to run the pilot project in the Yadgir district and Google has been asked to submit a proposal about the same. Manjunath further added, Google has also expressed interest in providing free Wi-Fi in our primary health centres on the lines of what they are doing in railway stations but it’s yet to be finalised. To recall, under Google s ambitious plans of providing free connectivity to Indians at public places, the company has set up Wi-Fi hotspots at 100 railway stations in the country. The company plans to expand this connectivity to 400 such stations.

As the government of Karnataka seeks to modernize its public sector, Google is one of the companies helping it meet the objectives. The government has also roped in Hewlett-Packard to set up five e-Health centres in remote areas. These centres will have cloud-enabled diagnostic equipment and while a studio at KC General Hospital in Bengaluru will allow patients to consult physicians remotely. Meanwhile, Samsung will provide 1,000 handheld devices for health workers to enable them to collect data on diseases, maternal health, child health and other issues and update them in real time on the health information management system.

 

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  • Published Date: January 31, 2017 6:42 PM IST



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