Kathmandu, August 12
Ncell and Dhulikhel Hospital-Kathmandu University Hospital (DH-KUH) have signed an agreement to support Dhulikhel Hospital for telemedicine and Health Informatics Programme to serve remote and underserved communities through quality health care services, using technology and data-driven health care methods.
Under the programme, part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR), Ncell will provide telemedicine equipment, establish connectivity infrastructure at the local community health centres to DH-KUH. Ncell will also provide financial support to DH-KUH for procurement of local supplies and services needed for the execution of the project for the next two years, as per a media release.
In return, DH-KUH will provide support in allocating space and utilities, qualified medical doctors and consultants and carrying out periodic training sessions, monitoring the project to run in optimum quality.
Under this collaboration, Ncell, DH-KUH Telemedicine, and Healthcare Informatics Centre will be established at Dhulikhel Hospital, which will supervise activities and innovation in telemedicine and health informatics.
Andy Chong, chief executive officer of Ncell, and Dr Ramesh Makaju, director of Dhulikhel Hospital, signed a pact in this regard today.
The project implementation will mainly focus on two areas — telemedicine and personalised health programme (PHP).
Under the telemedicine component, the project will deliver quality healthcare services from eight health centres operating under Dhulikhel Hospital by using connectivity and modern telemedicine kit. For the project implementation, four community health centres of the hospital: Manekharka (Sindhupalchowk), Dorpu (Solukhumbu), Thangsin (Nuwakot) and Bolde (Kavrepalanchowk) have been selected that have more than 15,000 households.
In PHP, a preventive programme, locals from catchment areas of these community health centres will get personalised health services wherein health workers will conduct regular monitoring of the health of local people for timely intervention at the local level.
A version of this article appears in print on August 13, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.