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IIT Kharagpur launches a telehealth platform, in talks to test it in Bangladesh

IIT Kharagpur last week launched a telemedicine platform for offering emergency healthcare services to students and other employees. The platform — called iMediX — will be integrated at the Dr. B. C. Roy Technology Hospital of the college. It also has plans to offer the tech for commercial use cases (more on that below). No privacy policy: It is worth noting that at the time of publication, the iMediX website is not secure to browse as its security certificate had expired on September 7. The platform also doesn’t have a privacy policy, and on top of that under a disclaimer section, states that “maintaining security of patients' identity and sensitive medical data is the user's responsibility”. A person using the service (a healthcare provider, not patients) will have to give their consent for the same, by signing a letter (accessible here). We have reached out to the institute for more details. How the service works: In this system, a patient signs up to get an account by providing their email ID or mobile number, both of which are mandatory fields. Following that, they can make a request for consultation by choosing a department of the hospital, entering their chief complaints and uploading necessary scanned medical records. After the records are processed by the hospital administration, the person will be assigned a doctor, who after logging into the service can set an appointment date and time for the patient, which the system communicates to the patient by email and SMS. On…

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