A novel initiative, ‘Swaasthya Slate’, designed and developed by Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), essentially a tablet device that allows multiple diagnostic tests at a fraction of the cost, was launched at the MeeSeva centre in Musheerabad here on Saturday.
The service offers eight tests at Rs. 85 and the process takes a fraction of time it normally does in diagnostic centres.
Once the blood sample is collected, it is screened and while the results are stored locally on the ‘slate’ that is an Android device, they are also pushed onto a cloud from where doctors and patients can retrieve the data at their convenience, said K. Srinath Reddy, President, PHFI.
Dr. Reddy said the launch was a result of a joint initiative between the PHFI, MeeSeva and A.P. Government and would go a long way in handling the increasing problems of hypertension and diabetes that plagued a large section of the population in the State.
The tests would be conducted by MeeSeva operators trained by PHFI. In Phase One, 15 of them underwent training, enough to provide the services at 10 MeeSeva centres. The second phase of training will start on Sunday and in a couple of weeks, the services would be available at 20 more centres in Hyderabad, it is learnt.
The tests include blood pressure, blood sugar, haemoglobin, heart rate, water quality (total suspended particles in water), electrocardiogram (ECG), body temperature and urine protein. All these tests can be done at 10 MeeSeva centres in Hyderabad at Rs. 85 and the same if done at diagnostic laboratories outside, cost anywhere between Rs. 1,100 and Rs. 1,500.
It was launched by Principal Secretary, Health, Ajay Sawhney, in the presence of Principal Secretary K. R. Kishore and MeeSeva Director K. Gopinatha. The Team Leader, PHFI’s Division of Affrodable Health Technologies, Kanav Kahol, gave a demonstration of the product and the process.
Mr. Ajay Sawhney indicated that the State Government was also thinking of making ‘Swaasthya Slate’ services available in all Primary Health Centres across the State.
Mr. Kishore said that with diabetes and hypertension being rampant in Hyderabad, this affordable service would be of help to the common man.
The tests, if done
at diagnostic laboratories outside, cost anywhere between Rs. 1,100 and