Bengaluru: Google Cloud, eGov to connect ICU healthcare in remote hospitals

Bengaluru, Nov 28 (IANS): Google Cloud and e-Governments Foundation, on Monday, launched the first Tele-ICU hub at K.R. Hospital in the presence of Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and Health Minister K. Sudhakar in Mysuru which will connect the ICU healthcare in remote hospitals in the state.

"We are excited to partner with Google Cloud who are enabling 10 Bed ICU and the Tele ICU hub with their best-in-class technology. We launched a hub in Manipur with Google Cloud earlier this year and are now launching our first hub in Karnataka," Srikanth Nadhamuni, Chairman, 10BedICU Project and Managing Trustee, eGovernments Foundation said in a statement.

10BedICU is a programme managed by the eGovernments Foundation that was conceived during the pandemic to create ICUs (intensive care units) in government hospitals across the country, particularly in rural and remote areas, according to an official report.

With 10BedICUs, the aim is to create a hub-and-spoke model where specialists from medical colleges manage the units in taluka hospitals connected to a TeleICU hub.

In Mysore, the TeleICU hub at KR Hospital is linked to taluka government hospitals in Nanjangud, HD Kote, Santhemarahalli, Malavalli, and Virajpet, the report added.

"At Google Cloud, we believe that cloud technology can play a significant role in advancing patient care and healthcare outcomes. We are thrilled to work with the eGov team to bring critical care closer to people, and extend the reach of the healthcare network," Bikram Singh Bedi, managing director, Google Cloud India, said in a statement.

In Karnataka, the 10bedICU programme will cover 41 taluka hospitals with up to two hospitals in every district, said the report.


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  • MAHESH KUMAR, Yadgiri

    Sat, Dec 30 2023

    Bengaluru's Google Cloud eGov initiative to connect ICU healthcare in remote hospitals is a pioneering endeavor that amalgamates cutting-edge technology with the pressing need for improved healthcare accessibility. The implementation of cloud-based solutions in ICU services holds immense promise in addressing the disparities between healthcare provisions in urban and rural regions. In many parts of the world, especially in remote areas, access to critical healthcare services like intensive care units (ICUs) remains a challenge due to various factors such as geographic isolation, infrastructure limitations, and a scarcity of trained medical personnel. This initiative aims to overcome these hurdles by leveraging the power of cloud technology to establish a connected network that enables remote hospitals to access and benefit from ICU expertise, resources, and real-time data. The utilization of cloud computing in healthcare has the potential to revolutionize the delivery of critical care in remote locations. By establishing a network that connects these hospitals to centralized ICU facilities via cloud platforms, it becomes feasible to remotely monitor patients, offer consultations, and provide necessary guidance to on-site medical staff. This real-time connectivity allows for prompt decision-making and timely interventions, which are crucial in critical care scenarios. The integration of cloud-based solutions in ICU healthcare can encompass various aspects. It might involve the deployment of telemedicine technologies for remote consultations and diagnosis, remote monitoring systems to track patients' vital signs and conditions, as well as the utilization of data analytics and machine learning algorithms to assist in decision-making processes based on the collected information. Moreover, the initiative has the potential to facilitate seamless sharing of medical records and information between different healthcare facilities, enabling a continuum of care for patients irrespective of their location. This interconnectedness not only enhances the quality of care but also contributes to more efficient resource allocation and better utilization of medical expertise. However, while this initiative holds tremendous promise, challenges such as ensuring data security, addressing infrastructural constraints in remote areas (like internet connectivity), and training healthcare professionals to effectively use these technologies need careful consideration and strategic planning. In essence, the Bengaluru Google Cloud eGov initiative to connect ICU healthcare in remote hospitals signifies a significant leap towards leveraging technology to bridge healthcare gaps. It demonstrates the potential to democratize access to critical care, improve health outcomes, and ultimately save lives in underserved and remote communities.

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