Category – E-Health

Tripura Vision Centre

Conceived by the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Tripura, the Tripura Vision Centre project is a breakthrough in delivering eye-care services to the previously un-reached rural citizens of the state. Through a decentralized approach, the project aims at improving access to quality, primary and preventive eye care for patients through tele-ophthalmology.

A total of 40 Vision Centres have been be deployed in three phases to render the service across Tripura. In Phase I, the pilot Vision Centre was set up in Melaghar block in April 2007 where more than 4,800 patients have been screened till date. Based on the progress made at Melaghar, the project network was expanded to 10 blocks in West Tripura district. The second phase also comprised of digitalization of patient medical records in the Vision Centres and setting up of an independent wireless network with a bandwidth of 256 Kbps. The third phase is still continuing and deployment is happening in another 29 locations.

There are an estimated 12 million blind people in India today out of which over 90 per cent live in rural areas. Because of the increase in life expectancy and the projected increase in country population, this number is likely to rise to more than 18 million by the year 2020. Cataract is the major cause of blindness in the developing countries, accounting for nearly 68 per cent of all cases in Asia. Cataract is easily treatable but goes untreated due to inadequate medical facilities and limited eye care specialists. This initiative has however, managed to overcome all geographical, economic, social barriers earlier faced by the rural citizens in obtaining essential eye care services.

The application of ICT tools in the initiative not only takes eye care to remote locations but also enables ascertaining of the quality of the service. The feedback mechanism has significantly assisted the administration to take informed decisions in obtaining the required capacities for the sustainability of the project.







DESCRIPTION is a real-time pathology reporting system which is designed in such a way that it can be used by anyone, from a small neighbourhood pathology lab to a sizeable laboratory. At the end user level, it provides the facility to view the reports over the internet or on their mobile. Users can also use their WAP/GPRS enabled cell phone and view their reports from ttp:// On the pathology level it provides a complete software solution to manage and maintain pathology data. Although mostly similar to commonly available pathology software, it offers a lot of enhanced features including high level security, data privacy and easy usability. The pathologist also gets features such as viewing dashboard which contains important statistics like day-wise earnings of pathology and number of reports generated. The advanced search feature allows him to quickly search customers under his pathology while the report creation interface is as easy as composing an email.

By enabling the patient to view his pathology report online or through SMS, this application can significantly reduce the number of trips to the lab, time wasted in waiting for the report to come and so on. Hence, it helps to make this part of the treatment process hassle-free for the patient. On the other hand, it serves pathologists who need an interface which is more flexible and has an advanced functionality for maintaining and managing their pathology. Through this pathology application, they can easily  manage customers, create reports and have complete control over their part of the application.

Savings, both for the patient, in terms of travel costs and loss of work-time, and the pathologist, in terms of reduced paper and printing costs is an obvious advantage derived from the use of this webware.










SADAREM or Software for Assessment of Disabled for Access, Rehabilitation and Empowerment is a web-based software programme that allows a scientific assessment of disabilities and it is being implemented across the state of Andhra Pradesh. Society for Elimination for Rural Poverty (SERP, an autonomous body under the Department of Rural Development, Government of Andhra Pradesh), in close coordination with the Women, Child and Disabled Welfare Department, has evolved this computer-aided disability assessment strategy.

Earlier, doctors used to ascertain the disability of a person based on the guidelines and their discretion. In this approach, the doctors are instructed to enter only the parameters of the person into the system, following which the software  automatically assesses the percentage of disability of that particular individual. Accordingly,a computer-generated disability certificate with a unique ID and identity card is issued to the concerned person.

As per the 2001 Census of India, the total number of people with disabilities in the state of Andhra Pradesh is 1,364,981, out of which 1,050,400 (76.95 percent) live in rural areas. Due to negligence, irregularities and corrupt practices most of these people are unable to receive the pensions and services to which they are entitled.

Once the screening process under SADAREM is completed, all ineligible persons enjoying pensions will be weeded out while it will become easier for the right beneficiaries to receive the help they need. Besides identifying the eligible persons and issuing them certificates, the software will also generate details of the support services that a disabled person is entitled to. The database created through SADAREM will be hosted in the public domain to ensure transparency and enable service providers to reach out to the disabled persons.

Original Title : SADAREM

Producer : APOnline Limited

Location : Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, INDIA

Media Format : Web/Internet

Language : English

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