K'taka mental health, management system to be launched in March: Dir NIMHANS

K'taka mental health, management system to be launched in March: Dir NIMHANS

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Bengaluru, Jan 28 : The National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), in association with the Department of Health and Family Welfare and the Department of Medical Education of the State Government, is all set to launch the Karnataka Mental Health and Management System in March, Director of National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences B N Gangadhar said.

Dr Gangadhar further said that the training programme conducted the under District Mental Health Programme for doctors on the use of technology has yielded best results, after signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Director of International Institute of Information Technology-Bangalore (IIIT-B ) S Sadagopan, at the IIIT-B Campus in Electronics City here on Monday. The MoU was signed for extending and renewing the information technology related skills from IIIT-B and the medical domain expertise from NIMHANS The Mental Health Care Act - 2017, which provides mental health care and services for persons with mental illness, protects, promotes and fulfills the Rights of such persons during the delivery of mental health care and services, has helped these people and their guardians to live with dignity.

The patients with mental illness and psychiatric problems were being treated at Primary Health Centres. The software designed has been used on a million patients, so far. The data collected is kept confidential and at the same time, the data also travels with the patient from Bengaluru to Dharwad to Kalaburagi - where NIMHANS has Service Centres - with the complete Medical History of the patient, available to the doctors there, at the click of a mouse, he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Sadagopan said, the New Delhi based Science and Engineering Research Board, which was established to transform and introduce Next Generation Technology, has appreciated the efforts of IIIT-B in the field of innovation and the Institute plans to prepare a proposal to transform public health, which includes the mental health space. The Automation and Digitisation of Hospitals facilitates doctors to get the health records of the patients to provide them required treatment. It also helps the patients to have the details of their treatment available to them at any given point of time to get follow up care. The Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning at the Field Level in the Health Sector improves the doctors and patients health care experience. Recalling the words of Neil Armstrong, who landed on the moon first in 1969, " That's one small step for man, but a giant leap for the mankind "he added.

The Director of the Bionic Yantra C S Kedar said according to a statistics available in 2010, there were as many as 50,000 uniformed forces in the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Home Affairs, and 1500 personnel are adding to this group every year. The Bionic Yantra, which has developed Robotic Exoskeleton Assisted Rehabilitation System (REARS), a novel technology for fall safe walk and provides calibrated support to hip and knee and on demand assistance for limb movement, is working in the field of Orthotics and striving hard to make the World without Wheel Chair.

The Republic Day in 2022, will have a contingent of Defence Personnel will come with their wheel chair, push their wheel chairs, with the exoskeleton facility provided by REARS, salute to the dignitaries on the dais, then salute the nation. This is the dream of Bionic Yantra', Dr Kedar further said. 'There is a similar version of Exoskeleton machine in United States of America and costs Rs Six Crore. But, the REARS, which has an international patent and manufactured at the one fourth price. The lighter version may cost one tenth of its price', he added. Doctors and Researchers of NIMHANS and Technocrats and Researchers of IIIT-B were present on the occasion. (UNI)