Google seeks to streamline Karnataka's health sector with cloud-based tools and free internet

Google wants to work with the Karnataka government to help streamline the state’s public health sector.

Google wants to work with the Karnataka government to help streamline the state’s public health sector.

The search giant is currently in talks with authorities to help streamline the workings of the Accredited Social Health Activists (Asha) program in Delhi and Karnataka. The Economic Times reports that Google India’s Vice President of Product Management Anjala Joshi met with authorities in Bengaluru to discuss the same.

The report says that Asha workers spend two hours a day and two days a month writing reports and analysing data respectively. The software used by various departments doesn’t share data either. Google has volunteered to streamline this process as well as design software that will help make data analysis easier across departments.

Dr B Manjunath, joint director of the department told ET that a pilot project will be set up in Yadgir district in Karnataka. Google is also interested in providing free Wi-Fi services at health centres in the state.

It’s been reported that the Health Department has worked on various such health-based initiatives in the past. They’ve partnered with HP to provide remote diagnostic facilities and with Samsung to provide handheld devices to workers for the collection of health-related data.

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