||EDPS2000: Status as of June 2004
Both Bagalur Primary Health Centre and Baldev Medical & Community Centre have implemented the Early Detection & Prevention System (EDPS2000). EDPS2000, a software system developed by Dr. Abraham George (maintained and enhanced by eMedexOnline LLC) is designed to be part of a new approach to providing quality healthcare to the rural poor in India. It provides early diagnosis of a patient's health status by screening patients and identifying those who need prompt attention by qualified physicians, while recommending treatment for others with minor illnesses. The system is described in more detail under Health Projects.
The Bagalur Primary Health Center has achieved 100% coverage of all pregnant women and children in 17 villages.
Three independent groups have evaluated EDPS 2000:
From October 1999 through the end of March 2000, EDPS2000 was in beta test at three hospitals in Bangalore, India, for both accuracy and ease of use. Patients were initially screened and preliminarily diagnosed by the system. The patients were then seen by physicians at the hospitals, without the benefit of the system's analysis, and the diagnoses compared. The results of these tests, with over 10,000 patients, are summarized in Results of Field-Testing of EDPS2000.
In the summer of 2000 the government
of Tamil Nadu asked The George Foundation to co-manage with it a clinic
in Bagalur, a village in rural Tamil Nadu, using the EDPS2000 system.
This clinic serves a population of 80,000 people. Since August 2000 EDPS2000
has been in use there, with excellent results. Starting in September 2000,
one of the Bangalore hospitals assigned five doctors to review the system
and look for omissions and improvements, and minor changes are continually
In addition, The George Foundation
has completed the construction of a new medical center in Hosur Taluk,
a rural area in Tamil Nadu. The "Baldev" project serves the
rural population of eleven villages within a 10 km. radius in the Deverapalli
block and was opened to patients in September 2001. This health care facility
will eventually provide services to a population of over 25000 persons.
It has also been designed as a prototype for the regional centers that
will provide training, data collection and other resources to a group
of five to ten PHCs/clinics serving the regional population and using
As in the case of the Bagalur
clinic, the training of community level volunteers, traditional birth
attendants, preschool (anganwadi) and primary school (balwadi) workers
and other members of the community are part of the strategy to empower
the community with the knowledge and skills to improve their healthcare