IIT Kharagpur Launches Telemedicine Platform iMediX
On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, IIT Kharagpur, the premier engineering institution has launched a telemedicine software, iMediX that enables contactless healthcare solutions. Developed by researchers at IIT Kharagpur’s Department of Computer Science & Engineering, the platform facilitates critical health care support to patients through remote consultation by a physician.
IIT Kgp had announced eight R&D projects for providing COVID healthcare services in April. Owing to its implication on the community, the telemedicine project was key among them all. Prof Jayanta Mukhopadhyay, the lead researcher said, “When our campus will start operating in full strength close to 30,000 people including students would be in need of 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.”
iMediX can be assessed through all major browsers and smart phones as well; users can sign-up using their email id or phone number. Patients can raise a request for consultation at relevant department, the hospital administration then processes the request and assigns a doctor. The doctor can set an appointment date and time which is communicated to the patient through the system via mail and SMS. The consultation happens through video and the prescription is mailed to the patient which can be further downloaded.
The software is being integrated with Dr B C Roy Technology Hospital, which provides emergency healthcare services for the campus residents and employees, confirmed the office of Principal Medical Officer Dr Samir Dasgupta. The researchers are already in touch with healthcare MSMEs for commercialization of the copyright version of the technology.
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