Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute Uses Mobile For Healthcare Innovations


Doctors doing rounds do not have the time to go through computer records. Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre has taken an innovative initiative and provided doctors with iPads which run applications to help healthcare providers monitor vital parameters as well as intake and output charts. Physicians get a summary of treatment. Around the time they visit a patient, the advice is ready.

“Doctors can write prescriptions even on the move. We procured 5 iPads initially to run the pilot. Observing the initiative’s success, we procured iPads for all senior consultants,” says J. P. Dwivedi, CIO, Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre.

Infrastructure to ensure confidentiality of data between doctor and patient

In order to cut down on privacy concerns, an audit trail is maintained in which every attempt to access the health records is documented to prevent unauthorized access. If an unrelated healthcare provider tries to access records, a justification is required for audit purposes.

“Due to the connected nature of today’s devices there is greater efficiency and information sharing. Such technologies also lead to an explosion of data due to increasingly sophisticated and affordable sensors, together with the exponential expansion in 3G and 4G Internet services. All this leads to the development of a smart healthcare system. In fact, the smart revolution has reached the ICU. The healthcare sector is on the verge of a technology revolution, with the influx of new technologies all the time,” said Shashank Dixit, CEO, Deskera, a global cloud technology provider.

Paperless means reduced carbon footprint and a greener environment

Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre has also been able to reduce carbon footprint by removing the necessity for paper documents. They have literally made several hundred pages redundant per day. Such initiatives can no doubt be a boon for the environment. Plus, patients as well as attendants need not wait for doctors. Patient safety also improves as doctors get system-generated alerts against drugs or allergy interactions or other such problems.

Technology saving lives

Everyday lives are being saved with the help of new technologies. There is a boom in healthcare innovations. The rapid rate of technological innovation is the highest for the healthcare sector. It is majorly benefiting from the developments on the technology front. Consequently, several complex health procedures have become efficient and easy, both for the patients as well as the doctors.

This is improving the quality-of-life for a number of patients. Let’s learn how Indian healthcare providers are utilizing the technology for the betterment of humanity and bolster its fight against disease and ailments. Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre is planning to extend the service so that more patients benefit from the fruits of technology. Looking at the response and the usefulness of simplifying some of the hardest medical problems, there is a need for the replication of such technologies in India and the world.

With such steps and through a sustained effort to maximize the use of such services the day is not far when a complete telemedicine solution can be put in place. The project is gaining recognition among healthcare providers as well as the patients.

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