Ncell to support Dhulikhel Hospital for telemedicine, health informatics program

Published On: August 13, 2019 04:00 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Aug 13: Ncell Private Ltd and Dhulikhel Hospital-Kathmandu University Hospital (DH-KUH) have signed an agreement to support Dhulikhel Hospital for Telemedicine and Health Informatics Program to serve remote and underserved communities through quality health care services, using technology and data-driven health care methods.

Issuing a statement on Monday, the telecommunication company said that it will provide telemedicine equipment and establish connectivity infrastructure at the local community health centers to DH-KUH as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR).Ncell CEO Andy Chong Director of Dhulikhel Hospital Dr Ramesh Makaju signed an agreement on behalf of their respective institutions on Monday, according to the statement.

“Ncell will also provide financial support to DH-KUH for procurement of local supplies and services needed for the execution of the project for the next two years,” read the statement. “In return, DH-KUH will provide support in allocating space and utilities, qualified Medical Doctors and Consultants and carrying out periodic training sessions, monitor the project to run in optimum quality,” it added.

According to the agreement, a telemedicine and healthcare informatics center will be established at Dhulikhel Hospital, which will supervise activities and innovation in telemedicine and health informatics.

“Our vision is to develop first of its kind health informatics center in Nepal as a center for learning, innovating and implementing data-driven methods for the betterment of the health with a multi-disciplinary approach. I am so grateful to Ncell for their visionary approach toward health sector in Nepal,” the statement quoted Dr Makaju as saying.

Ncell CEO Chong said that the project fits into Ncell's corporate social responsibility framework, fitting it rightly into one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. “We hope this collaboration will contribute in narrowing the gap in the delivery of quality healthcare service especially to people in need in rural and remote parts of Nepal, enhancing the capacity of community health centers being operated by Dhulikhel Hospital through the use of digital technology,” he added.

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