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IIT Kharagpur launches telemedicine software

IIT Kharagpur introduced its newly developed telemedicine software on October 2, 2020. The software provides patients with critical health care support at their doorsteps through remote consultation by a physician.

IIT Kharagpur’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering, the spokesperson said that researchers have developed the system iMediX, which is operative by any standard internet browser and a mobile device.

In order to sign up in the system to create an account, the patient would be required to enter his/her Email ID or mobile number. The next step is to request a consultation by selecting a department of the hospital, and uploading required scanned medical records mentioning his/her chief complaints.

After accepting the request, the hospital administration will assign a doctor. Further, the doctor will set an appointment date and time for the patient, and the system will pass on the information by mail and SMS to the patient.

On the day of the appointment, the doctor will use video conferencing to consult the patient and advises him/her by prescribing the medicines, which is sent by mail to the patient. The prescription can be downloaded from the registered account.

Regarding the development, Prof Jayanta Mukhopadhyay, the lead researcher, informed, “As the number of cases of home isolation and home quarantine is increasing, the system will cater to the needs of the present situation. It would be useful also to follow up and treat aged patients.”

IIT Kharagpur on-campus healthcare system chooses IMedX for public use right at its home, he further added.

Prof V K Tewari, Director of IIT Kharagpur, added, “In April we had announced eight R&D projects for providing COVID healthcare services. This telemedicine project was key among these keeping in mind its effectiveness in our community.”

“When our campus will start operating in full strength to 30,000 people, including, students would need healthcare services, and this technology will reduce over-exposure of the healthcare staff while efficiently catering to the population. While we are promoting physical distancing, it seems only appropriate to introduce this digital platform to meet the healthcare needs of the campus community effectively,” he said.

The institute is also developing user accounts for its medical cardholders through video conferencing who can avail of the consultation facility at home. The software was inaugurated on October 2, 2020, on Gandhi Jayanti at the Dr. B C Roy Technology Hospital.

The institute gives emergency healthcare services to campus residents and employees. The news was confirmed by the office of Principal Medical Officer Dr. Samir Dasgupta. Tewari also informed that the researchers are in touch with healthcare MSMEs for commercialization of the copyright version of the technology.  – College Dunia