E-Health Winner – 2008
Web Health Centre
Web Health Centre (WHC) is a multi -speciality, multi-Institution participation online consulting facility where doctors and patients can access some of the leading medical institutions in India for medical advise. Web Health Centre is a result of CSR effort of Tata Consultancy Services. . The objective of WHC is to enable medical professionals to offer telemedicine, online consultation and other healthcare services to people across geographic barriers through the Internet. This enables doctors and institutions in giving follow-up advice and preventive care to their own patients and to others seeking medical advice. The WHC portal is free for browsing through general content like health calculators, drug information, disease details, etc. However, for online consultation, accessing online health and medical record storage facility etc., one needs to register. The target users of the site are general users / patients, doctors /medical Institutions and medical students.
Reaching out to masses for health services has been a great challenge in a country like India. Information Communication Technology and digital content services have shown some possibilities of remotely reaching to people with health services and diagnosis, instantly and economically. Web Health Centre not only allows online medical and health services but also offer virtual home for patients and doctors alike to restore their information, record and databases for cross referencing. Free for all makes it more attractive. All it needs is to reach out to users aggressively. The website exceeds 3 million hits/month and has 40,000 unique visitors each month. Approximately 700,000 pages are viewed per month. It has a record of completing more than 26,000 tele- consultations. Interestingly, WHC usage data spans 16 countries.
TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES LTD
Tamil Nadu, INDIA
91 44 66164453
HIGH>>>WAYS…INFINITE (SPECIAL MENTION)
The disease of cancer always rings the death bell in our minds. Cancer Project ”HIGH>>>WAYS” was conceptualized with a mission to create advocacy and awareness on Breast, Cervix and Oral Cancer by reaching out to the Hard-to-reach places. This endeavour of a cancer survivor and her teenage daughter has been successfully blending adventure sports with cancer awareness mission across the country. The methodology is to make use of different ICT tools for enlightening the people about cancer. It was started in 2006 with a solo drive of 30,220 kms in 177 days to the 4 tips of India, and across the highest motorable mountain passes in the world -KhardungLa and Tangla La, in Ladakh, the first two highest motorable roads in the world. 140 cancer awareness programmes reaching out to more than 26,000 people were conducted. Milestone 2008 is about shaping of foundation “HIGH>>>WAYS…INFINITE” – a public trust to undertake campaigns on multiple health issues like Cancer, AIDS, T.B., Tobacco and environment related health issues.
It is often seen that basic ICT tools with very passionate human interface creates much deeper impact than purely automating processes with hi tech ICT tools. ”Project High>>>Ways ” is an example of rigorous involvement of a woman using basic ICT tools like email, web, sms, LCD projectors, PPTs, Community Mikes , to create awareness about Breast, Cervix and Oral Cancer. In ”Project Highways”, Captain Ritu Joseph and her daughter, Tista Joseph, have driven more than 30,000 kms across India, reaching out to 42,700 people. This is an effort of a woman soldier, who has faced cancer herself, which is a brilliant example of the innovative use of various ICT tools to spread awareness about cancer.
Dr.[Capt] Ritu Biyani – Joseph
Miss Tista Joseph
English, Hindi, Marathi
We in Recovery
Recovery Network is meant to be a platform for those who are in the process of recovery. Together.weinrecovery.org is not restricted to recovering addicts. It has useful information for all those who want to know more about addiction and for the professionals working in drug abuse prevention. It is meant to help people in recovery become productive members of society and to reclaim their rightful place in society. The effort is aimed at addressing a gap in the whole recovery of the person and to enable successfully recovering people to help their fellow recovering addicts. We in Recovery is a kind of online social network where one could find ways and means to understand how recovery happens and how to integrate with normal society.
Being addicted is a painful experience. And if you have recovered from being an addict and want to recover and integrate with your neighbouring society, it is like a stringent effort. However, ‘We in Recovery’ is a social networking site of a different kind. It is an initiative in the field of helping people who are on path of recovery. It is an effort in providing a formal set up which helps people recovering from addiction to find support in their reintegration into society through issues like employment etc.
Producer Ms. Meira Kumar, Sunil Kumar, C Saraswati
National Institute of Social Defence
91 11 26106325