Google Cloud and eGovernments Foundation along with the Directorate of Health and Family Welfare Govt. of Nagaland, launched TeleICU hub in the presence of Hon’ble Chief Minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio at Naga Hospital Authority, Kohima, India.
The 10BedICU program is managed by the eGovernments Foundation. The program was conceived during the pandemic to bridge the gaps in critical healthcare services in India. The objective of the 10BedICU program is to create a hub-and-spoke model where specialists from medical colleges manage the 10BedICUs in remote district hospitals that are connected to a TeleICU Hub. In Nagaland, the TeleICU hub is connected to 12 district hospitals across the state.
Technology is the backbone of the 10BedICU program. Efficient and streamlined patient care at each 10BedICU is made possible by eGovernments Foundation’s CARE platform, a cloud-based open-source patient management tool, as well as smart capacity management software and patient management software. These form a TeleICU module that runs on Google Cloud’s secure, scalable, and reliable infrastructure and can be seamlessly accessed in real-time by medical professionals at the TeleICU hub in Naga Hospital Authority and the connected spoke hospitals.
The TeleICU hub at Naga Hospital Authority, Kohima (NHAK) is also equipped with large 4K monitors and desktops while the peripheral 10BedICUs are equipped with desktops, server, high-resolution cameras, and medical devices connected via LAN. In Nagaland, the 10bedICU program will cover 12 district hospitals.
“At Google Cloud, we are committed to working with healthcare providers to make healthcare equitable and accessible. Technological advancements will play a critical role in providing patient care and services specially in hospitals that are remotely located. We are delighted to work with the eGov team to bring ICU services to patients in remote areas,” said Bikram Singh Bedi, managing director, Google Cloud India.
Srikanth Nadhamuni, Chairman, 10BedICU Project and Managing Trustee, eGovernments Foundation said, “We are excited to partner with Google Cloud which is enabling 10BedICU and the TeleICU hub to build capacity and patient management for the remote ICU service. The 10BedICU is being implemented in 8 states, including Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Manipur, Assam, Nagaland, Sikkim, and Meghalaya. Under this program, we have set up 200 ICU units across the project states. The Tele-ICU Hub and spoke model is showing promising signs of evolving into a transformation healthcare model, especially in resource constraint and remote locations.”