AstraZeneca India has joined hands with Docon Technologies, Bengaluru, for digitising 1,000 clinics across India. Under the partnership, Docon will equip the identified clinics with customised Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems enabling clinicians to access complete patient history.
The partnership aims in helping the clinical community to better treat chronic patients and manage long-term complications of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The major NCDs in India are cardiovascular diseases, cancers, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases. Physical inactivity, unhealthy diets, tobacco use, and the harmful use of alcohol are the main behavioural risk factors for NCDs. They contribute to hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidaemia and obesity.
In addition to the multiple government initiatives in the country, digitisation of small clinics with the support of EMR, teleconsultation and other additional facilities will provide the doctor and the patient a better opportunity to interact and ensure that there is constant monitoring of the patient and medication adherence.
In order to ensure safety and privacy, the data of the patient will be fully encrypted and stored in private cloud server to ensure highest security and only clinicians will have access to individual patient data, the company said. The program is also fully compliant to Telemedicine guidelines issued by NITI Aayog & Gazzette of India in March’ 2020.
Akash Valia, Business & Growth Head at Docon Technologies, said “We are extremely excited to work alongside AstraZeneca’s team to further the cause of digitalisation of doctor clinics and patient health record management. Docon helps the doctor not only view patient history digitally but also consult & share the prescription directly on the patient’s smartphone.”
Towards reaching the 1,000 clinics goal in 2021, on ground identification and support has been placed in 30 cities . Till now, as a part of the pilot phase, around 200 clinics have been upgraded with many of them being in Tier 1 & 2 towns. In addition to providing the clinicians with a 3 day in-clinic training for learning & adoption, a dedicated helpline is also being established for the users to understand and resolve technical queries.