In a first-of-its-kind initiative in the field of
education,the College of Engineering,Pune (CoEP),has initiated an active health management programme for its more than 1,800 students living in hostels.
The initiative,AyushDeep,involves compilation of electronic medical record (EMR) of students that enables them to consult a doctor online and through telephone besides during the usual personal visits.
As part of the programme,the college recently got all its hostel students as well as canteen staff examined by general physicians and pathologists in order to build the EMR.
The CoEP has tied up with private firm Ayushman Private Limited to execute the AyushDeep programme,which also enables parents to have a look at the EMR of their wards from home and be aware of any health issues.
The first and most obvious motivation is the identification of any health problem in our students that require special attention. Secondly,we want students to inculcate a habit of building their EMR,which will form the core of continuity in healthcare for them for the rest of their life. The platform of connected healthcare we offered to our students can render them help from appropriate specialists,if needed,using the online health platform, college director A D Sahasrabudhe said at an Idea Exchange held at The Indian Express office here.
According to Ayushman director S S Sundararajan,a CoEP alumnus,the backbone to AyushDeep programme was a secure web-based platform that connects consumers to doctors,diagnostic centres and drug stores seamlessly,and provide EMR-based features like video-consultation,fixing appointment with doctors and getting e-prescription digitally signed by doctors.
All students who have registered with AyushDeep will continue to build upon the EMR already created by them,which will prove to be an asset in their future life,besides serving as reliable health data for present, he said.
The CoEP intends to run active health management programme for all students in the near future.