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Updated: March 22, 2012 18:46 IST

Now, ‘Kalam-Raju tablet' for healthcare workers

M. Sai Gopal
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First lot of tablets expected to roll out within 3-6 months

After the widespread acclaim for the ‘Kalam-Raju stent', the former President of India, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, and well known cardiologist Dr. B. Soma Raju of Care Foundation are back to their innovating ways. This time around, the duo has come up with the concept of an indigenous tablet PC for healthcare workers at primary health centres in rural areas.

While the Kalam-Raju stent created waves for its affordability, the Kalam-Raju tablet is aimed at arming healthcare workers at the primary level like doctors, Anganwadi workers, ‘aayas' and first responders to an emergency with a ‘rugged' tablet capable of performing a host of medical processes at the rural level. The first lot of the Kalam-Raju tablets are expected to roll out within three to six months.

Rugged tool

The former President and the cardiologist have roped in Bangalore-based PSU and telecommunications equipment manufacturer, Indian Telephone Industries Limited (ITI), to fabricate the tablet. A chip design company from Hyderabad, Aizyc Technologies, are ‘chipping in' with physical design, firmware and embedded systems development for the tablet. A Kochi-based multinational, Opera Technologies, is also part of the Kalam-Raju tablet project.

“What if an Anganwadi worker or a doctor in a remote and inaccessible village has a tablet that stores medical information and patient's medical history? Villages are far flung, we have limited qualified physicians and there are challenges in logistics. Under such conditions, a rugged tablet computer becomes very essential and logical,” says Arun. K. Tiwari, co-author of A.P. J. Abdul Kalam's celebrated work ‘Wings of Fire', who is actively involved in the design and concept of the Kalam-Raju tablet.

History of patients

The Kalam-Raju tablet will help physicians and certified nurse practitioners in rural areas access patient information, diagnostic tools and new treatment procedures. First-time responders to an emergency can use the tablet to retrieve patients' medical history. The device becomes valuable with unconscious and incoherent patients who can't provide reliable information about their prescriptions and allergies.

“The tablets will provide all kinds of medical information, including access to Grey's Anatomy and medical journals to rural doctors and other professionals, wherever they are.”

“The first lot of Kalam-Raju tablets will roll out in another three to six months,” Professor. Tiwari said.

Touch-screen

The tablet is expected to run on an Intel Atom processor with several external interfaces like a microphone, audio-output and USB connection. Built-in tools, including specially designed medical software like a multi-parameter detector, diagnosis system and medical database would be available. The tablet is expected to have an eight or nine inch touch-screen that can be easily kept in a bag.

“Our former President always stresses on the importance of a sound primary healthcare system. And that's why, the Kalam-Raju tablet should provide the connectivity required in far-flung regions. Such a model has flourished in Spain, Thailand and even China. This tablet will facilitate a focussed treatment to rural patients,” Prof. Tiwari added.

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At the outset i salute Dr.Abdul Kalam for his continues effort in doing service to the public.The Kalam-Raju tablet going to be one more addition to the vision 2020.

from:  Dr.G.Muthurangan
Posted on: Jun 3, 2012 at 20:55 IST

The Kalam-Raju Tablet is really going to help thousands of Indians in rural areas. I am really proud working with AIZYC Technologies for designing this tablet in physical design, firmware and embedded systems development.

from:  Sandeep
Posted on: Mar 27, 2012 at 10:49 IST

This could be path breaking. Application of Information and Communication Technology for improving primary health care is critically important. Let's keep it simple and focused on basic reproductive and child health - care during pregnancy and delivery,neonatal care,immunization, breastfeeding and child nutrition, management of common illnesses etc. How access to Gray's anatomy and medical journals will help address our basic health problems and health needs of the rural masses? If this tablet enables frontline worker improve efficiency of her work, and link with the doctors at PHC or Dsitrict level, it would revolutionalize rural healthcare in India.

from:  Dr M R Surwade
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 12:37 IST

It is heartening to see Mr. Kalam using his expertise and vision in designing affordable and useful tablets to mitigate many hurdles we have in rural healthcare, a sector that is in real bad shape for one reason other. Mr. Abhilash, first appreciate the effort before passing some cynical comments about the future usage and availability.

from:  NarayanaS
Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 at 00:34 IST

I always knew that our former President will do something great like
this. I love him nonetheless knowing less about him but he is a great
man. But at this point too they need to think about it's ( Kalam-Raju) credibility as what is happening with the so-called world's cheapest
tablet.

from:  Kushwaha
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 23:09 IST

use of information technology is good ,giving tablets in rural areas without efficient after sales services will be another debacle until the technology is made culture friendly. and to imbibe in a culture need continuous usage without technical glitch to be really useful.

from:  abhilash
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 19:27 IST

People who are self-reliant on their skill set does not need any political position to prove themselves to world. Former president will continue making waves thru his unique ways. The idea of providing and developing a tablet for that purpose is really appreciable. Mother India is lucky to possess such progeny who can think and strive for the well-being of its fellow citizens...

from:  Rama
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 16:08 IST
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