Biocon Foundation, the CSR arm of biopharmaceuticals company Biocon, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Health & Family Welfare of Karnataka to establish eLAJ smart clinics in 15 Primary Healthcare Centres across six districts in Karnataka. eLAJ clinics are technology-enabled, smart clinics equipped with multi-parameter monitoring device developed by PacketBIO, the technology partner of Biocon Foundation, which enables multiple diagnostic tests and generation of electronic medical records (EMRs) of patients. The eLAJ model has been designed to deliver data-based healthcare on the basis of socio-demographic and health indicators obtained from community-based screenings. This innovative health delivery model will facilitate effective preventive and primary healthcare intervention in the rural areas of Karnataka for the benefit of communities with poor access to quality healthcare.
K.R. Ramesh Kumar, Minister for Medical, Health and Family Welfare along with Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Founder, Biocon Foundation, inaugurated the first eLAJ smart clinic under this collaboration at Mallathahalli recently. The Government of Karnataka and Biocon Foundation are focused on building a scalable and sustainable healthcare model that will make affordable healthcare accessible to rural communities.
Speaking on the launch, Ramesh Kumar stated, “Through this collaboration with Biocon Foundation, we aim to address the myriad healthcare challenges associated with poor public health infrastructure. I strongly believe technology can help transform the public healthcare scenario in India, particularly in rural and remote areas of our state.”
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairperson and Managing Director, Biocon said, “Biocon Foundation is pleased to partner with the Govt. of Karnataka to enable data based healthcare delivery to the people of the state through eLAJ smart clinics. We aim to strengthen the present public healthcare system in Karnataka by providing solutions around primary & secondary healthcare with effective use of technology. Biocon Foundation is recognized widely for implementing innovative healthcare models to create a sustainable health ecosystem. By joining hands with the government, we aspire to benefit many more villages in Karnataka through the eLAJ model that combines good infrastructure, latest technology and the best available medical expertise.”
Biocon Foundation and its partner, PacketBIO, will provide training to government doctors at the Primary Health Centres and enable them to run the clinics optimally. In addition, Biocon Foundation will employ more than 30 technicians to support data entry and laboratory services.