Telerad Tech (Bangalore, India), a healthcare IT specialist, has announced that its Cisco-based telemedicine services are now available in parts of eastern India.
The organization is using Cisco’s HealthPresence telemedicine platform to provide medical services to a number of villages, and it says more than 100 patients have already benefited from the technology.
Using the Cisco (San Jose, USA) system, Telerad doctors have been offering telemedicine consultations in the villages of Chattisgarh and Odisha, while another site in Rajasthan is scheduled to go live this month.
Telerad’s Dr Sunita Maheshwari, who helped to roll out the services, said the use of the Cisco product is helping remote areas of Asia leapfrog into high-tech health care, according to a statement.
Due to a shortage of doctors in rural communities, where there is considerable demand for specialist consultation, India is in desperate need of more telemedicine technology.
Cisco HealthPresence provides high-definition video, a digital stethoscope and other hardware, allowing doctors to examine patients and view diagnostics scans from a distance.
Cisco says doctors using its technology do not even need to be confined to traditional telemedicine rooms – one of the drawbacks of traditional telemedicine solutions.