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PGI Chandigarh goes hi-tech, developes GPRS based wheelchairs and stretchers

Chandigarh: PGI Chandigarh doctors have come up with a new innovation for patients- a GPRS guided wheelchair and stretcher model, which would help patients and their attendants in finding different departments within the widely spread hospital. The model wheelchair and stretcher is fitted with GPRS enabled tablets.

The model was introduced by its doctors on Saturday, on the institute’s fourth annual research day. The doctors when asked by The Indian Express, confirmed that the hospital is now looking for its technology partners in order to develop wheelchairs and stretchers based on the model that would count around 200. The doctors have also confirmed that the results of the test run were positive and the patients and their attendants who were allowed to use the test model showed satisfaction.

“We found positive response from the attendants of the patient who were provided GPRS enabled wheelchairs and stretchers to reach their destination. Time taken was less,” said a doctor, adding that the regional language-based voice service was preferred over English.

The model of the wheelchair and stretcher was developed by PGI doctors in collaboration with the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi last year.

“We successfully manufactured a wheelchair and a stretcher fitted with a tablet. We found that it was something which can be worked out,” said Dr Meenu Singh from the department of Paediatric Medicine, PGI. “We are now looking for technology partners for this project. Initially we are planning to manufacture around 200 such wheelchairs and stretchers for the Institute.”

The doctors within the hospital told The Indian Express that the tablets which will be attached with the wheelchairs and strechers will be fed in with the different locations within the premises by the duty guards as soon as the technology is developed for hospital use. These attached tablets could be used further by the attendants. The Wheelchairs and the stretchers will be provided to the patients after the issue of their cards and thus will later on be deposited at the destination location.


Source: With inputs
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