Biocon to partner with govt for better rural health facilities
BENGALURU: In an attempt to build a scalable healthcare model that’ll make affordable healthcare accessible to rural communities, the state department of medical, health and family welfare signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Biocon Foundation, the CSR arm of the pharmaceutical company headed by Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw to establish eLAJ smart clinics in 15 primary healthcare centres (PHC s) across six districts in Karnataka.
K R Ramesh Kumar, minister for medical, health and family welfare, inaugurated the first such smart clinic at Mallathahalli in southwest Bengaluru on Tuesday.
eLAJ clinics are technology-enabled, smart clinics equipped with multi-parameter monitoring devices developed by PacketBIO, the foundation’s technology partner.
The device enables multiple diagnostic tests and generation of electronic medical records (EMRs) of patients. The eLAJ model has been designed to deliver data-based healthcare on the basis of socio-demographic and health indicators obtained from community-based screenings. This innovative health delivery model will facilitate effective preventive and primary healthcare intervention in rural areas of Karnataka for the benefit of communities with poor access to quality healthcare.