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“Mission Healthier India” Provides Healthcare Awareness and Education to Address Health Challenges

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With over 70% of Indians living in smaller towns and rural areas, access to quality medical infrastructure, including skilled manpower and technologies is limited and expensive.“Mission Healthier India” aims to elevate the standards of patient care education to those who most need it. 

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The first Tele-ICU in the Indian region, monitors 34 ICU beds in two small hospitals based in Raipur and Dehradun and addresses the shortage of staff in rural care facilities and enables physicians to manage their ICUs more efficiently.

GE Healthcare’s intention to roll out a fleet of healthcare vehicles in India to educate those isolated in smaller towns and villages may be an indication of where healthcare in the country is leaning towards as “Mission Healthier India” aims to elevate the standards of patient care education to those who most need it.

With over 70% of Indians living in smaller towns and rural areas, access to quality medical infrastructure, including skilled manpower and technologies is limited and expensive. With relatively little private insurance or other reimbursement scheme in India, patients end up paying for most of their healthcare out of pocket.

For a significant section of India’s population this is beyond their means and vulnerable members of society such as pregnant women, mothers, those with a cardiac condition and/or those requiring critical care have to go without with what could possibly be lifesaving treatment.

The six new experimental mobile vehicles form one of a series of initiatives that GE Healthcare has put in place to address the needs of India’s growing rural population. The vehicles, equipped with 20 low cost GE innovations on board, hope to reach 200,000 patients around the country, especially smaller towns and villages. The aim is to create awareness, education and an acceptance of the technologies available to them that contribute to better healthcare standards.

The mother and infant care technologies include ultrasound imaging systems for diagnosing health of baby and expectant mother, infant care technologies like Embrace for providing mother’s womb like warmth, Lullaby LED Phototherapy system for treating neonatal jaundice, MAC series of portable, battery operated ECG systems for early detection of cardiac diseases and critical care tools required for monitoring and supporting critically ill patients, reducing infections in ICUs etc.

“Mission Healthier India” is our endeavor to showcase technologies that bring quality healthcare closer to the people of India,” said Terri Bresenham, President & CEO of GE Healthcare South Asia. 

“GE targets to develop 100 low cost solutions in India to address India’s and world’s healthcare challenges in the area of cancer, cardiac diseases and maternal/infant care.”

Cancer rates have become one of the leading causes of death in India, with about 2.5 million cancer patients at any given point of time in India.* The rising rates of this condition and others emphasize the growing need for more affordable access to advanced molecular imaging technologies such as PET/CT. 

The prospect of a five-fold increase in cancer cases by 2025 has prompted the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to urge the Government of India to make cancer a “notifiable disease.” This means any incidence of the disease must be reported by law to government authorities. Previously, infectious diseases like polio, plague, H1N1, H5N1 (bird flu) figure in the list of notifiable diseases. **

In response GE Healthcare and Nueclear Healthcare Ltd (NHL) opened the first of a network of molecular imaging centers in Navi Mumbai with GE Healthcare as technology provider. Following the inaugural opening of Navi Mumbai’s center in June of this year, five more centers will be commissioned in 2013. NHL is expected to offer PET/CT imaging at just Rs.10,000/- compared to Rs.18,000- 25,000 patients pay today for same services.

At the start of 2013, GE Healthcare launched a new electronic Intensive Care Unit (Tele-ICU) that allowed specialists to help physicians in remote hospital units across the country, taking their expertise directly to the patients. The Tele-ICU means that critically ill patients no longer have to travel to specialists in potentially harmful hospital transfers. 

The first Tele-ICU in the Indian region, monitors 34 ICU beds in two small hospitals based in Raipur and Dehradun and addresses the shortage of staff in rural care facilities and enables physicians to manage their ICUs more efficiently.

In the long-term, India has much to do to address the healthcare needs of its poorest and most isolated citizens. In the short-term, GE Healthcare has stepped in to make healthcare accessible and affordable with technologies and solutions created in India for India. These have worked effectively to dispel the notion that quality healthcare only comes with a steep price.

 

References

* – http://www.medindia.net/education/MinistryofHealth/pg192to203.pdf

** – http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs355/en/