This is the challenge facing India’s Government today. And with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like cancer, diabetes and heart disease rising, they urgently need a solution for NCDs.
Fortunately, India has 200,000 auxiliary nurse midwives (ANMs). They’re the front line of Indian healthcare, providing everything from childbirth support to diabetes management.
But what these workers lacked were resources to tackle the rise in NCDs. So, in 2014, Dell Technologies’ Center for Transformational Innovation (CeTI) started working with State Governments and other organizations to create the Digital Lifecare Platform to improve the way healthcare was delivered.
Fast forward to 2017. In partnership with the Government of India, the Digital LifeCare platform is being enhanced to take it across the country.
The CeTI team created an Android app with interactive modules to lead workers through every step of a patient’s visit and screening, including videos showing proper techniques. The app also teaches patients about living a healthy lifestyle, with topics like nutrition and breast self-exams. Center director Sunita Nadhamuni comments “We’re working on issues that really matter to a large number of people”.
The platform also includes web apps for doctors and dashboards for health officials to spot trends across India. All patient data is synced and stored in the Government cloud.
Sunita adds “Dell’s vision is to develop technologies that drive human progress. This initiative will change the landscape of medical services delivery in rural India.”
Life Care’s technology is based on a microservices architecture using the Pivotal Spring framework for ease of development and manageability. A couple of State data centers have this technology running on a Dell infrastructure backbone with Dell PowerEdge Servers, Dell-EMC Storage, Dell-EMC Data Domain for backup, VMware vSAN, Hypervisor, AirWatch for application deployment and management.
This solution was officially released by the Honorable Prime Minister of India in April 2018. Initially it will serve a target population of nearly 37 million people over the age of 30. Our deployment partner, Tata Trusts, will also support the Government in the deployment and training for thousands of ANMs on the technology solution.