India’s rural care system is characterized by large inequalities related to access, affordability and quality. For 840 million rural people, only 3% of the combined medical force continues to serve in rural India. Releasing the distance between rural residents and healthcare providers as far and wide, iKure has developed an unique proprietary software called Wireless Health Incident Monitoring Systems(WHIMS) to serve the rural patients up to the last mile.
iKure has evolved an innovative hub & spoke clinic set up, powered by WHIMS. A iKure healthcare centre, centrally located in a district block acts as the hub while smaller clinic outlets closer to the rural populations serve as spokes. Each hub together with a set of spokes are supported with WHIMS for real time communication and escalation of patient cases between the hub and the spokes, collaborate and seek support from a specialist working at a different location by sharing a patient’s health profile and symptoms.
While WHIMS is strategically developed keeping in mind the resource-constrain remote settings, it can be accessed through tablets and smartphones using mobile network (2G/3G). Integrated with basic medical equipment (Sphygmomanometer, ECG, Glucometer, Phonocardiogram etc.) WHIMS acts as a basic diagnostic tool that works on low bandwidth and even with erratic electric supply. The technical features of WHIMS consists of patient management, medical information, inventory management, etc. The monitoring device is also enabled with videoconferencing applications that help in storing patient’s medical history and record consultations for future reference. It is incorporated with digitalized survey forms that can be accessed through android platform.