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Subspeciality care in remote India by telemedicine

by Anirudha Das, MD

Provide Pediatric sub-specialty care in an economically challenged remote community in India through telemedicine from the United States.

Lakewood, OH Telemedicine

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About this project

The problem we solve:
Lack of Pediatric Sub-specialty care in remote remote community in India.
About our solution:
To connect remote communities in India to sub-specialty Pediatric care in the United States through Telemedicine. The plan is to establish a Non Profit Organization called "Naata" meaning "connection" in Hindi. We plan to recruit Pediatric subspecialists in the area (North East Ohio to start with). The Sub-specialists would then communicate with the doctors in hospitals in Tripura, India and discuss the cases that need consultation. We plan to involve Pediatric Cardiologist, Pediatric Neurologist, Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Pediatric Pulmonologist and Pediatric Rheumatologists in this endeavour.
Progress to date: Discussed with the doctors and officials of the government of Tripura state in India. I know some of them since I worked for 4 years in that state. They were very enthusiastic and agreeable to this project. They promised to provide support in every possible way in this project. In the United States, we have planned to start a Non-Profit by three of the like minded Pediatric residents soon after completing our residencies.

About Our Team

Dr. Anirudha Das, MD
Pediatrics , Resident
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Medical school: Baba Raghav Das Medical College
Bio: Anirudha Das is a third year Pediatrics Resident MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his Medical Diploma from Baba Raghav Das Medical College, Gorakhpur, India and his first Pediatric Residency from King George’s University, Lucknow, India. He then received his fellowship in Neonatology from Cleveland Clinic Foundation- MetroHealth Medical Center-Case Western Reserve University. He has worked for 4 years in a remote part of India as an Assistant professor of Pediatrics in a Medical College and served socioeconomically backward population for the most part of his Medical career.
Practice: MetroHealth Medical Center
Hospital Affiliation: Not applicable, hospital itself
Title: Resident

About Team Members

Danielle Massarella
Resident, MD
Biography: Danielle Massarella is a third year Pediatrics resident at Metrohealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. She received her Hons. BSc. in Biology & Psychology from York University in Toronto, Ontario Canada and her M.D from the Medical University of the Americas in Nevis, West Indies. She has special interest in care of underserved populations and in international medicine. She will be joining a fellowship program in Pediatric Cardiollogy following her completion of residency training in July 2016.
Lauren O'Byrne
Resident, DO
Biography: Lauren O’Byrne is a third year Internal Medicine and Pediatrics resident at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, OH. Dr. O’Byrne received her B.S. in Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles and her D.O. from Touro University Nevada, College of Osteopathic Medicine. She had a career in clinical research prior to pursuing her medical degree. Her interests include increasing access to healthcare for all populations and transitional care for aged out foster care youth. After she finishes her training program, Dr. O’Byrne will complete an additional year at MetroHealth as the Chief of Residents. Her future plans include practicing outpatient Pediatrics and Internal Medicine in Cleveland with a focus on preventive care.

About Our Company

Location: Lakewood, Ohio
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Product stage: idea
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Employees: 1-2

How We Help Patients

Tripura is a small state in North-East India, with a population of about 3.6 million (0.3% of the population of India). The infant mortality rate of Tripura is 28 per 1000. This is high compared to the infant mortality rate of USA - 6.6/1000. This innovation will help the people of the state without much access to quality health care. Connecting the "have-nots" with the "haves" is going to be a major step in reducing disparities in health in this world. We believe the prognosis of a human being, specially a child, should not be decided based on where he or she was born. Every child has right to live a healthy life. Providing high quality subspecialty care in Pediatrics will definitely improve the quality of life of the children. If we are successful we plan to spread to different parts of the world and save a lot of children, making them live longer healthier lives!

How We Help Education

We believe that the greatest challenge of the 21st century is to connect the world, reduce disparities and make lives better for the entire world. Development should not be restricted to a few countries. This is specially true for the children who are always the worst affected though they are also the most innocent, completely unaware of the divisions of country or race. Reaching out to the physicians from remote communities of the world who take care of these children will ultimately go a long way in improving the quality of life and survival in these children. The physicians in the remote parts of the world are probably the most hard working people but they have limited access to education and the latest technologies. Our Project will be able to provide that and improve the way these physicians treat their pediatric patients.

How We Help Physicians

The Pediatricians in remote communities of the world are very hard-working but lack the infrastructure and support to provide the best possible care for their patients. Having worked in such a community in the past, I can feel the helplessness that could be associated with practice in those areas. Even though the Pediatrician may Diagnose a rare disease, it is hard to get appropriate guidance from sub-specialists regarding further care. This innovation will give the necessary support to those Pediatricians to improve their practice and acquire new information which will ultimately be passed on to the children.

Challenge Mission

Mission: Our mission is to create a world where there is no health disparity. Our idea will definitely help achieve that. It will hopefully inspire the Medical community to think of greater ideas.
Use of funds: This grant could go a long a way to provide the necessary equipment for starting a telemedicine facility in a hospital of the community in that state.
Intellectual Property Status: We welcome the entire Medical community to be inspired by us and improve upon whatever we are planning to do. Any act towards the improvement of the health of children in inaccessible areas of the world is a good deed and encouraged by us.
FDA Status: Does not apply!
Personal Message: Our organization appeals to the public to support us. We do not have much other than the desire to help children all across the globe. We believe all children are born equal and we divide them over time into different races, communities and nations. Children from developing nations should have the same opportunities to smile and survive like their counterparts in the developed nations. Our endeavour is create that opportunity for those unfortunate children!


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    05/19/2016 Marvin Forovsky - Concerned Citizen

    Liked the project.

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    05/17/2016 Dr. Anirudha Das - Resident

    Liked the project.













Anirudha Das, MD
Baba Raghav Das Medical College

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