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AstraZeneca partners with Docon to digitise 1,000 healthcare clinics across India for 10 lakh patients

Our Bureau, Benghaluru
Wednesday, June 30, 2021, 15:10 Hrs  [IST]

AstraZeneca India have signed and memorandum of understanding 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. This will go a long way in helping the clinical community better treat chronic patients and manage long-term complications of non-communicable diseases (NCD’s) like diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

The rising risk of NCD related fatalities has necessitated the need for better treatment protocols and a centralised repository of critical patient history becomes important. It is reported 1 in 4 Indians has a risk of dying from an NCD before they reach the age of 70. The major NCDs in India are cardiovascular diseases, cancers, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases.

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.

Commenting on the initiative, Gagandeep Singh, managing director, AstraZeneca India said, “As a part of AstraZeneca’s continued vision to tackle NCD’s at the grassroot level, we are happy to partner with Docon to develop and provide a sustainable way to prevent, identify and manage NCD’s across the country. The need for a centralised repository on patient information has been discussed at length but the implementation of this has not been a smooth journey. As a company that relies on the power of Science in the treatment and managing NCDs, we are committed to collaborating with relevant players in the ecosystem in advancing the best science and technology can offer in bettering patient outcomes.”

Akash Valia, business & growth head at Docon Technologies, said "Non-communicable diseases have to be closely monitored and having access to detailed patient history is important for the Doctor to impart better treatment and improve patient outcome. Docon helps the doctor not only view patient history digitally but also consult & share the prescription directly on the patient's smartphone. Technology is the key catalyst to reach every corner of India and improve healthcare in the country. At Docon our vision is to be a platform for all healthcare industry stakeholders to connect easily with each other. We are happy AstraZeneca is taking key steps to improving patient outcome via digitalization.

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.

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 programme is also fully compliant to Telemedicine guidelines issued by NITI Aayog & Gazzette of India in March’ 2020.


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