Project: Feasibility of using a teleconsultation facility (Micro-Health Centre -MHC) in management of CRDs in remote rural area
- Acute or chronic: Chronic
- Country: India
- Based at: Vadu Rural Health Program, KEMHRC Pune
- Start date: 01 April 2018
- End date: 31 March 2021
- Supervisors: Brian McKinstry, Karen Fairhurst, Sanjay Juvekar
- Email: R.G.Patil@sms.ed.ac.uk
Remote rural places have always experienced inequity in access to health care facilities and services. Even where places are equipped with facilities, the availability of trained health care providers is a challenge.
Recent advances in technology have enabled clinicians to deploy telemedicine in remote locations. Telehealthcare provides a holistic approach to health and wellbeing by improving access. However, multiple barriers still exist to implement telehealthcare and to scale-up the available technology.
Use of telehealthcare for the management of Chronic Respiratory Disorders (CRDs) in India is not yet proven, hence a feasibility study will help to explore barriers and facilitators to the successful implementation of teleconsultation. This could be done by documenting views, opinions and experiences of opinion leaders and by understanding the perception of the stakeholders, including providers and patients, towards doctor-to-doctor teleconsultation.
This study will generate evidence for creating a policy on ‘Management of overall chronic diseases at remote rural area in India using teleconsultation’.
Aim and impact
The aim of my PhD is to demonstrate the feasibility of providing a clinician-to-clinician remote consultation service using digital technology linking primary physicians with specialists.
Although safety, effectiveness and reliability as compared to the conventional methods is already demonstrated, evidence to implement health information systems for the primary health care in India needs to be generated for scaling.
In long run, this study will generate evidence for policy to manage CRD at remote regions across India.
- Data collection is underway.
- Local stakeholder engagement by conducting meetings with community representatives.
I am a biotechnologist turned public health professional, with a research interest in policy outcome-oriented activities. With my research, I hope to contribute to national as well as global health.
RESPIRE Annual Scientific Meeting 2020 – Three-Minute Thesis-Style Video Competition
For the RESPIRE ASM Showcase on the 24th November 2020, the RESPIRE PhD students recorded videos explaining their research, as part of a Three-Minute Thesis-Style Video Competition.
Presentation title: Feasibility of using a teleconsultation facility (Micro-Health Centre – MHC) in management of CRDs in remote rural area
- Video: PATIL, Rutuja
- RESPIRE 3-Minute Thesis-Style Video Competition - PATIL, Rutuja - Feasibility of using a teleconsultation facility (Micro-Health Centre – MHC) in management of CRDs in remote rural area