3. Technology rejig helps bringing Telemedicine Print
Tucked into the Intel website is a section where the computer chip giants ‘Imagine the possibilities’ for future computer technologies. Showcased in the embedded technology section is the story of a Bangalore start-up that is attempting to revolutionise rural healthcare delivery by making it possible for doctors to diagnose and treat patients sitting miles away from villages lacking doctors.


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Using Intel processor technology, automating basic diagnosis tools like microscopes, ECG machines with intelligent algorithms in a smart box, and connecting small primary health clinics to medical expertise via broadband or GSM networks, the three-year-old company — Ktwo Technology Solutions — is attempting to redefine the term telemedicine. Among the things Ktwo is hoping to achieve, as it starts pilot programmes of the remote diagnosis system in four public health centres in Gadag and Bagalkot districts, is reduction of malaria deaths that often occur in rural areas due to the huge time lags between procuring blood samples and actual medical treatment.

"We want to put medicine back into the term telemedicine since focus of all current telemedicine effort is on the tele part rather than the medicine part," says serial entrepreneur, IIT-Kharagpur alumni and Ktwo Technology founder Ananth Koppar.

"You need a lot more data than just being able to see a patient over a telemedicine network. The problem we are trying to address is to see if it is possible to collect and pass diagnostic data in an efficient way to enable quick treatment in places not served by doctors," says Koppar, who was part of the founding team in 1992 of one of Bangalore’s earliest pure play software companies, BFL Software.