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Times of India, Bangalore, Friday, December 08, 2006 Monitor your child's health from anywhere

School Provides Hi-Tech Health Facility For Villagers Too

Sit in Boston or Dubai and monitor your child’s health at a Bangalore school.

The Indus International School (IIS) is perhaps the first school in the country to have a tele-medicine facility on campus for students and the local villagers.

The school has partnered with the Manipal Hospital for the facility whereby doctors at the hospital on Airport Road will immediately attend to the student/teacher and diagnose the ailment right on campus in Attibele, Sarjapur.

While immediate medical attention to its 675 odd students — drawn from all over the world — is the aim of the project, it is Bangalore’s mind-boggling traffic that has prompted the school to evolve a system where medical attention is not delayed.

TECH WONDER: The Indus International School has partnered with the Manipal Hospital for the tele-medicine facility whereby doctors at the hospital can immediately attend to the student/teacher and diagnose the ailment.

“We have a large number of students whose parents live abroad and it is our responsibility to ensure proper and prompt medical care for the children. With this facility, parents can get immediate updates on their child’s health through tele-conference too,’’ Lt Gen Arjun Ray, CEO of IIS told The Times of India.

The school has acquired the software and technical backup from Televital Inc. “With Manipal Hospital having tie-ups with other major hospitals in the country, the patient can also be referred to any of these hospitals,’’ Ray said.

The school already has a 10-bed hospital. If the situation warrants and the child/teacher/villager will have to be rushed to the hospital after initial diagnosis, the ambulance carrying the patient will also be equipped with the tele-conference facility where doctors at the Manipal Hospital will monitor the patient’s condition.

The best part of the project is that the facility will be open to the 10,000 odd locals in the nearby villages of the school.

Treatment will be free for the villagers. “Our students are already engaged in community work at the surrounding villages. Extending tele-medicine facility to the villagers will only strengthen our work,’’ he added.

This school, it seems, truly believes in health is wealth.

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