In 2011 the IT@Networking Awards expanded its remit to include healthcare IT and medical technology products from across the globe and Prachi Shukla took first prize with her inspiring healthcare for the rural poor project in India.
The project combines technology with village entrepreneurs acting as facilitators to connect rural communities with formally qualified urban doctors, enabling them to access timely and quality healthcare close to their homes. It is done through VSAT/ADSL connectivity coupled with a device – ReMeDi – that runs on two watts of power. The Remote Medical Diagnostic, integrated with audio-video conferencing software, enables getting real time diagnostics such as BP, Auscultation, Temperature and ECG. This runs at 64 Kbps and can be run over a telephone line as well.