The ATM was jointly inaugurated by both the institutions, last Thursday
The Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT-K) and Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow (PGI) jointly inaugurated a Health ATM at IIT-K, last week. The machine is a unique telemedicine platform that integrates computer, biomedical diagnostics, point-of-care laboratory testing, and video conferencing systems. The usefulness of telemedicine has been highlighted during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Health ATM to help advance telemedicine
Telemedicine is an emerging field of telecommunication that aims to give healthcare access across geographical barriers and without physical contact with care providers. The latter became essential during the pandemic. The Health ATM system provides a low-cost integrated platform to provide telemedicine to the rural population of the country, thus leveraging technology to greatly increase the reach of our health infrastructure.
ATM to maintain Personal Health Record
The new system will maintain an electronic Personal Health Record (PHR) of the employees and departments of IIT-K. This data will then be used in preventive personalised healthcare for the institute's residents. Furthermore, research on the PHR data, with the help of machine learning tools and AI technology, can lead to new innovations in predictive and personalised medicine. An example of this would be analysing all the health data collected from Covid-19 patients during and after their recovery to study the virus' effects on respiratory, cardiovascular, and other body systems. This information can then be used to identify at-risk patients and intervene at an appropriate time to prevent potentially fatal infections.