Vodafone and BlackBerry Introduces Tele-Medicine Application In India

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India's leading GSM mobile service operator Vodafone Essar and Research in Motion (RIM) today launched a mobile ECG (electrocardiogram) application dubbed as eUNO R10 for BlackBerry smartphones in association with Maestros Mediline Systems Ltd in Mumbai.

The BlackBerry application eUNO R10 allows the user to access patient’s ECG and heart performance reports on their BlackBerry phones.It will send the relevant information to the medial records server, which then automatically pushes the ECG report to a Doctor’s BlackBerry smartphone over the Vodafone mobile network; this will allow cardiologists to have remote access in real time to patient's ECG and heart performance reports, and respond quickly with a diagnosis.

The Nanavati Hospital of Mumbai is the first hospital in India to adopt the eUNO R 10 application.

Speaking on the launch of eUNO R10 in India, Dr. Pavan Kumar, Head of Telemedicine Department, Nanavati Hospital, “A heart attack is a life-threatening event. Knowing the symptoms of heart attack and seeking immediate medical attention is essential to prevent death, while appropriate treatment instituted within the first hour the golden hour can limit the damage to the heart.

Mr. Kumar Ramanathan, CMO, Vodafone Essar stated, "The launch of the mobile ECG solution is a reflection of our commitment and ability to automate high-end work processes so that organizations and people stay connected wherever they are, whenever they want.

The success of any telemedicine solution depends on robust mobile network and seamless connectivity, which we provide via our pan-India network. We are particularly pleased with this joint initiative because it utilises technology to enable the improvement of healthcare."

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